History of Time in the United States

6/29/2010 06:14:00 PM ·

There was a time in the United States when knowing what time it is, was very confusing.

Time in 19th Century United States

Before 1883, there was no standardized way to tell time in the United States. Local areas all had their own time and there were no time zones yet. Each town used some form of local solar time and each town had a clock tower or clock and watches in the jeweler’s window.

By 1884 it was obvious the world needed a more logical way of knowing what time it is. A meeting of 25 nations decided to divide the planet into 24 zones separated by 15 degrees longitude.

From: The History of Time in the United States Via Sam Montana

Picture credit: Wikipedia

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