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 has grown the old fashion way – by word of mouth. Today we have several thousand monthly readers and followers.
MYETX will eventually cover all, or parts of all 49 counties that define East Texas. This area totals almost 40,000 square miles and a population of almost 6 million. A popular definition defines East Texas as the region between Interstate 45 as the western border linking Dallas and Houston, the Louisiana border as the eastern border, the Oklahoma border as the northern border, and the shores of Galveston Bay as the southern border. According to the Hand Book of Texas, the East Texas area “may be separated from the rest of Texas roughly by a line extending from the Red River in north central Lamar County southwestward to east central Limestone County and then southeastward to Galveston Bay.”
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East Texas (ETX)
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.