Conscientious ObjectorOctober 3 2006 at 1:03 AM
Daniel Smith (Login txmountaineer)
Response to Re: You missed TN
By what means is the highpoint cheating? I understand for Kansas, Connecticut, Nevada, Florida, Oklahoma, etc given that the next highest point in the neighboring state is just across the state line, however, Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in the entire Guadalupe Range which stretches (sloping downward, mind you) into NM. In fact, you'd have to go north many miles to Sacramento Peak (NM) to find Guadalupe's parent.
If I wanted to get technical, I'd call New Mexico, Colorado & Oklahoma the cheater highpoint states since their highpoints used to be part of Texas before 1850.
Little known fact: Texas has had the highest point in the United States twice! From 1848-1849, an unnamed 14,440' peak in the unnamed Sawatch range was the highest point of Santa Fe County, Texas after the state was admitted into the Union. For argument's sake, let's call it Mt. Houston! Later, when Texas sold Santa Fe Co to the U.S. for $15M (at which time the land was downgraded from "State" to "Territory", Guadalupe Peak became the highest point in the U.S.
aka Mr. Way-Too-Proud-Of-Texas-Guy