Gentlemen, my question is, why on earth was Texas not included in the Southwest forum instead of the South? It is true the the Southern tip of Texas is farther south than Florida, but the top end at Amarillo is only 90 miles from Colorado, and 20 miles from New Mexico, and west Texas at El Paso is only 5 miles from the south border of New Mexico, and only 90 miles from Arizona. El Paso is closer to California than it is to Dallas, being only 150 miles from California, and 648 miles from Dallas, and 889 miles from the Eastern border, where it borders with what we in Texas call the SOUTH.
Texas has absolutely nothing in common with the South,culturally, or land type, but everything in common with the South West on both counts. 98% of Texas is ranch counrty, and four fiths of it is Sanoran desert/mountain type land. With only the extreme East strip along the eastern border being heavy woods. The rest of Texas is the hill country, the south is Texas brush country, and west of the Brazos River is desert!
Just something that has puzzled me for some time, not that it matters to anyone except a Texan!