05-25-2016, 07:54 PM
Yeah, there is evolution in that. When I was a kid, a state had to be right on the Atlantic to be eastern. The system remained in place from the days when the Atlantic Seaboard was everything and all viewpoints were their viewpoints. Thus, the states between those states and the Mississippi were the Midwest, and those between the Mississippi and the Roçkies the Plains States, which were the first tier of Western States. Remember that the Gateway Arch of St. Louis is called that because St. Louis was the Gateway to the West.
Dodge City was once the Western Frontier, yet it is nearly exactly the same distance from New York and San Francisco. Remember that Southwestern Bell was the Ma Bell division that served Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. That was very much considered the Southwest. California, of course, was a Left Coast State, and then as now, the Land of Fruits and Nuts. Might as well be a different planet.
One of the reasons the hiway toll went up during the 'safety years' of the Double Nickel is no one wanted to drive 55, but some particularly law-abiding people did anyway. And on a high speed roadway like an Interstate, it isn't speed that kills, but variations in speed. Someone doing 30 might as well be parked, for the amount of danger they pose. And someone doing 55 is hardly less dangerous.