West Texas


West Texas

West Texas is a region in Texas that has more in common geographically with the Southwestern United States than it does with the rest of the state. The area is known for its natural beauty and has many small mountain ranges. This part of Texas is in the Northern Chihuahua Desert and the high mountain areas have a climate that many find pleasant: cold nights and warm afternoons in winter; hot days and cool nights in the summer.

Population

West Texas has a much lower population density than the rest of the state. It was once mostly inhabited by nomadic Native American tribes such as the Apache, Comanche, and Kiowa until after the Civil War. It does not have as many ties to other parts of the Southern United States as does East Texas, although many of the people who currently populate West Texas are also migrants from other parts of Texas and other Southern states or their descendants. There is a very large Hispanic population, especially near the Rio Grande. Many Mexicans fled Ojinaga and walked to Stonewall during the Mexican revolution in the early days of the 20th century. Many Mexican-Americans still have close family ties in Mexico.

West Texas, with its sparsely populated and relatively unpolluted land and its wide vast openness, has also become a destination for people looking to get away from urban life, and although it appears to be only lightly populated, there are many people who own vacation homes there. However, the population is not expected to mushroom in the near future, as it is such a remote area. The main towns of Pecos, Marfa, Alpine, Marathon, Fort Davis, Valentine, Presidio and Van Horn are all approximately 2-3 hours from the nearest commercial airports in El Paso and Midland-Odessa.

Climate

West Texas receives much less rainfall than the rest of Texas and has an arid or semi-arid climate, requiring most of its scant agriculture to be heavily dependent on irrigation. This irrigation, and water taken out farther North for the needs of El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, has reduced both the Pecos River and the once mighty Rio Grande to a stream in some places, even dry at times. Much of West Texas has rugged terrain including many small mountain ranges while there are none in other parts of the state. West Texas contains part of the Chihuahuan Desert and also the Southern Great Plains, known as the Llano Estacado.

Politics

Due to their smaller numbers, many West Texans feel politically isolated from the rest of the state. There is a diverse mix in political philosophies found in West Texas. The area is known for its conservative politics — some of the most heavily Republican counties in the United States are located in the region, where United States President George W. Bush spent his early youth. At the same time there is a large number of Texas Democrats. However, many of these Democrats also vote for Republicans and support conservative issues such as Proposition Two, the anti-gay marriage initiative that Texas voters overwhelmingly supported.

Industry

Major industries include livestock, petroleum and natural gas production, textiles such as cotton, grain farming and because of its proximity to the Mexican border, the maquiladora industry. West Texas is now becoming known for is numerous wind turbine generators producing pollution free electricity.

Major cities and metropolitan areas

*Abilene
*El Paso
*Lubbock
*Midland
*Odessa
*San Angelo

maller cities

*Big Spring
*Crane
*Fort Stockton
*Hale Center
*Lamesa
*Levelland
*Littlefield
*Monahans
*Pecos
*Plainview
*Seminole
*Snyder
*Sweetwater
*Van Horn

ee also

* List of geographical regions in Texas
* Llano Estacado
* Palo Duro Canyon
* Mount Blanco

Gallery


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • West (Texas) — West Ciudad de los Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • West, Texas — Infobox Settlement official name = West, Texas settlement type = City nickname = motto = imagesize =250px image caption = image mapsize = 250px map caption = Location of West, Texas mapsize1 = 250px map caption1 = subdivision type = Country… …   Wikipedia

  • West Texas Roughnecks — Founded 2003 League Intense (2004, 2006 2008) NIFL (2005) IFL (2009 2011) LSFL …   Wikipedia

  • West Texas Inn & Suites Midland — (Midland,США) Категория отеля: 1 звездочный отель Адрес: 1000 West Interstat …   Каталог отелей

  • West Texas High School — is a public high school in Stinnett, Texas (USA). It is part of the Plemons Stinnett Phillips Consolidated Independent School District. The school is in District 7 2A of the UIL and offers many sport and academic opportunities. The school colors… …   Wikipedia

  • West Texas Intermediate — (WTI) известная также как Texas light sweet  марка нефти, которая добывается в штате Техас (США), плотность в градусах API составляет 39,6°, относительная плотность 0.827 кг/м³,содержание серы  0,4 0,5 %, в основном используется… …   Википедия

  • West Texas Intermediate — (WTI), also known as Texas Light Sweet, is a type of crude oil used as a benchmark in oil pricing and the underlying commodity of New York Mercantile Exchange s oil futures contracts. This oil type is often referenced in North American news… …   Wikipedia

  • West Texas Intermediate — es un promedio, en cuanto a calidad, del petróleo producido en los campos occidentales del estado de Texas (Estados Unidos). Se emplea como precio de referencia para fijar el precio de otros petróleos crudos producidos en medio oriente o el mar… …   Wikipedia Español

  • West Texas A&M University — Infobox University name = West Texas A M University motto = Visio Veritas Valor established = 1910 type = State university endowment = US $18.9 millioncite web|url=http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/dr… …   Wikipedia

  • West Texas Rednecks — Infobox Wrestling team article name=West Texas Rednecks type=S image size= caption= members=Curt Hennig Bobby Duncum, Jr. Barry Windham Kendall Windham Curly Bill names=The West Texas Outlaws former members= billed=Texas debut=June 1999 disbanded …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.