[PW] Historical time zones in the US

Neil Radford neil.radford at bigpond.com
Thu Aug 18 20:59:03 PDT 2016

I am reminded of a short story by James Thurber about why the International 
Date Line goes down through the Pacific Ocean. If it went through a country, 
it would inevitably go through a city or town and half the residents would 
think it was Monday and the other half would think it was Tuesday. In the 
town it would go down some street, and those on one side would be on Monday 
and those on the other side would be on Tuesday. People invited to a party 
at the neighbour's house next week would be likely to arrive the day before 
or the day after. Inevitably it would go through someone's house and through 
the bedroom. The person getting out of bed on the left would be waking up to 
Monday, but their partner would get out of bed on Tuesday. And so on....


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I have a patron who wants to know if our twin cities were ever on different
times. The state line goes down the center of town, half in Tennessee and
half in Virginia.  My first thought was perhaps there was a time when one
side didn't observe DST, but so far I haven't found that to be the case,
though admittedly this is difficult to ascertain.  I'm going through
microfilmed newspapers but between 1945 and 1967, states could decide when
they wanted DST to begin and end, providing they wanted to change at all.
However, in poking around I found an image of a 1913 time zone map for the
U.S. which would seem to show Virginia in one time zone and Tennessee in
another.  Does anyone known when the next time zones were set?  Or exactly
when this time zone might have been set? My thought is that there might be
an article in a local paper at the time this took place, commenting on the

TIA for any help,
who is really, really tired of trying to read old microfilm

Bristol Public Library
Bristol, VA/TN

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