I also think that this Houston problem is one of the reasons why notices of appeal in Texas are filed in the trial courts. This allows trial court staff to figure out whether an appeal should go to the First Court or the Fourteenth.
For a time in the history of Texas, Galveston was the most important city, and the First Court of Appeals was established there. Later, when Houston grew so much, it was given the Fourteenth Court and both courts have sat in the same buildings in Houston since then. Formerly in the same downtown Houston building as South Texas College of Law, now they share the beautiful old domed Harris County courthouse.
Another interesting artifact of that time is the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Galveston gets pride of place because the archdiocese started there, and it is one of the very few religious provinces with a pair of co-cathedrals: one in Galveston and the main one in Houston.