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Encyclopedia > 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 but warm afternoons in winter, hot days but cool nights in the summer. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... The Southwest could be defined as the states south, or for the most part west of the Mississippi River, with the qualification of a certain northern limit, such as the 37, or 38, or 39, or 40 degree north line. ... Map of the Chihuahuan Desert. ...

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Population

Texas population density (2000 census)
Texas population density (2000 census)

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. Texas Population Density - 2000. ... Texas Population Density - 2000. ... This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ... This article is about the Native American tribe, for other uses of the word see Apache (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Comanche (disambiguation). ... This article is about the tribe. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Historic Southern United States. ... Red counties show the core of East Texas; pink and red counties may or may not be included in East Texas, and thus their inclusion varies from source to source. ... “Río Bravo” redirects here. ...


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. Pecos is a city located in Reeves County, Texas. ... Hotel Paisano and the Presidio County courthouse View south from the county courthouse Marfa is a city located in the high desert of far West Texas. ... Alpine is a city located in Brewster County, Texas. ... Marathon is a census-designated place located in Brewster County, Texas. ... Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. ... Valentine is a town located in Jeff Davis County, Texas. ... Presidio is a city in Presidio County, Texas, United States. ... Van Horn is a town located in Culberson County, Texas. ... El Paso redirects here. ... The Midland–Odessa Metropolitan Area encompasses the counties of Midland and Ector in the U.S. state of Texas. ...


Climate

West Texas features dry plains
West Texas features dry plains

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.
Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x900, 267 KB) Summary Barbed wire fence in West Texas, taken by me on the side of the road. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x900, 267 KB) Summary Barbed wire fence in West Texas, taken by me on the side of the road. ... In meteorology, precipitation is any kind of water that falls from the sky as part of the weather. ... In general terms, the climate of a locale or region is said to be arid when it is characterized by a severe lack of available water, to the extent of hindering or even preventing the growth and development of plant and animal life. ... Semi-arid generally describes regions that receive low annual rainfall (25 to 50 cm /10 to 20 in) and generally have scrub or grass vegetation. ... Irrigation is the artificial application of water to the soil usually for assisting in growing crops. ... Ciudad Juárez, or simply Juárez, is a city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua formerly known as El Paso del Norte. ... Pecos River near Villanueva, New Mexico Pecos River near the Rio Grande Santa Rosa Lake and Dam on the Pecos River in Guadalupe County, New Mexico The Pecos River or Rio Pecos, as it is known in New Mexico, rises near Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States, and flows for... “Río Bravo” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Great Plains (disambiguation). ... Shaded Relief Image of the Llano Estacado Llano Estacado (or Staked Plains) is a region in the southwestern United States that encompasses parts of eastern New Mexico and northwestern Texas. ...


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. Conservatism is a term used to describe political philosophies that favor tradition and gradual change, where tradition refers to religious, cultural, or nationally defined beliefs and customs. ... GOP redirects here. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic...


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. Sheep are commonly bred as livestock. ... Petro redirects here. ... For other uses, see Natural gas (disambiguation). ... This article is about the type of fabric. ... For other uses, see Cotton (disambiguation). ... Grain redirects here. ... A maquiladora or maquila is a factory that imports materials and equipment on a duty-free and tariff-free basis for assembly or manufacturing and then re-exports the assembled product, usually back to the originating country. ...


Major cities and metropolitan areas

Abilene is located in Taylor County, Texas, United States, in the central portion of the state. ... El Paso redirects here. ... “Lubbock” redirects here. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country State Counties Midland Government  - Mayor Mike Canon Area  - City 173. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Country State County Ector Government  - Mayor Larry Melton Area  - City 36. ... San Angelo is a city in and the county seat of Tom Green CountyGR6, Texas, United States. ...

Smaller cities

UNDER CONSTRUCTION ... Paisano Pete, the worlds largest roadrunner, welcomes visitors to Fort Stockton. ... Hale Center is a city located in Hale County, Texas. ... Lamesa is a city in Dawson County, Texas, United States. ... Levelland is a city located in Hockley County, Texas, in the United States. ... Littlefield is a city located in Lamb County, Texas. ... Monahans is a city in Texas, United States. ... Plainview is a city located in Hale County, Texas. ... Seminole is a city in Gaines County, Texas, United States. ... Snyder is a city in Scurry County, Texas, United States. ... Sweetwater is a city in Nolan County, Texas, United States. ... Van Horn is a town located in Culberson County, Texas. ...

See also

  • List of geographical regions in Texas

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