My East Texas
My East Texas (MYETX) is an online magazine and regional website focused on providing and promoting information regarding East Texas tourism, events, sites and attractions, festivals, lodging, dining, history, folklore, recipes and much, much more! MYETX features local writers, the ETX Swap Shop and ETX blogs where East Texans can connect with other East Texans about the subjects they care about. No one knows the Pineywoods like MYETX, and no one can show you the beauty of the region like we do!
MYETX is putting the best of East Texas at your fingertips and connecting East Texans by harnessing the power of the web and social media. Our fan base is growing every day as more and more people learn about the online magazine that is as unique as the area it promotes. MYETX was founded in 2011. Today we have thousands of monthly readers and followers.
What area of the state do we cover? MYETX travels the region from the northeast Texas-Oklahoma Border down to Matagorda Bay each year in search of history, events, festivals, parades, diners and dives, outdoor fun, and all that the region has to offer.
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East Texas gets its name “Pineywoods” from the fact that the region consists of the Pineywoods ecoregion. The area might be considered as the humid portion of the central dissected belt of the Coastal Plains of the United States. Most of East Texas is forested, and except the post oak plains, the majority of the forests belong to the mixed type of shortleaf pine and hardwoods. Southward, however, along the southern margin of the dissected plains, a tongue of longleaf pines extends into Texas from Louisiana. The longleaf portion of East Texas is an area of deep sands underlain at a depth of several feet by well-drained sandy clays. Still farther south, extending into the edges of the flat coastal country east of Houston, is a forested area composed of an admixture of loblolly pines and water-tolerant oaks. The broad lowlands paralleling the larger streams that flow across East Texas are characterized by a heavy growth of hardwood forests. Geologically it is a domal area, and its structural relations are important to the accumulation of oil and gas.
East Texas is also considered the westernmost extension of the Deep South, and is culturally more connected to lower southern states than any other region of Texas. Deep East Texas is a subregion of East Texas. According to the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Deep East Texas consists of 12 counties which include: Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler. The “Deep” designation also refers to the cultural and social characteristics of the area and is considered synonymous to “The Big Thicket,” an allusion to the dense growth of underbush in the Pineywoods. East Texas was the first area of the state to be settled by Anglo-Americans, and one of the last to submit to law enforcement by the governments of Spain, Mexico, The United States, or the Republic of Texas. Renegade clans controlled local governments well into the first quarter of the 20th century. As a consequence, the “Big Thicket” became a refuge for criminals fleeing the United States and hiding out in “no man’s land” in the Pineywoods.
Deep East Texas contains the first county that was established under the Republic of Texas; Houston County, as well as two of the oldest towns in Texas; Nacogdoches and San Augustine. English, Scottish, Scottish-Irish, and Welsh ancestry dominates the region.