[PW] Historical time zones in the US

Mark Carson mahousu at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 13:16:49 PDT 2016

IANA maintains a time zone database at http://www.iana.org/time-zones. This
attempts to cover worldwide time zone and daylight savings time assignments
almost from their very start - the earliest entries I saw in a quick glance
through were from 1916.

The database itself is a little hard to read, since it's designed to be
read by computer programs and not humans. But it's filled with informative
comments, which include many references to historical sources.

I looked through the "northamerica" portion of the database, and didn't see
any changes listed for Tennessee, other than the DST changes that affected
all of the U.S. That portion only goes back to 1920, though, so it's
possible there were earlier changes. It's also possible it's simply lacking
some information for the state.


On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 6:25 PM, Bristol Library <bplref at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> event.
> TIA for any help,
> Jeanne
> who is really, really tired of trying to read old microfilm
> --
> Bristol Public Library
> Bristol, VA/TN
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