Day 43

A new time zone!

May 8th, 2010

There was no sign, but I crossed into Central Time somewhere back in this picture when I went from St. Joseph County into LaPorte County. I asked a guy at a nearby house if I had crossed into Central Time, and he said that technically I had, but that they effectively live on Eastern Time because the nearest town is Walkerton, which is in St. Joseph County.

Indiana is rather confusing when it comes to time zones.


  1. CJ says:

    I live in this area and “rather confusing” is an understatement. It’s especially difficult for people who have school aged children when the school is right on the time zone line, drawing in families from both zones. And get this…..most of Indiana (except for a few counties near the Illinois state line) did not observe daylight savings time until very recently, making us out of sync with most of the country. Governer Daniels, are you listening? Put all of Indiana on one time zone!

  2. Amanda says:

    Yes, I think most Hoosiers would agree the different time zones are a real pain in the butt! I have a wall in my living room decorated with clocks and twice a year I have to change them all!!!! lol Finally I got wise and put them on times of other countries. Now I can tell you what time it is in Tokyo or Greece. But don’t ask me what time it is in Indiana!

  3. Sara says:

    I live in Phenix City, AL which is on the border with Columbus, GA. Phenix City is just a suburb of Columbus anymore that we go by Eastern time too. It’s good to know we aren’t the only ones that confuse out-of-town visitors!

  4. Andrew in VT says:

    I grew up in central IN when there was no DST in the Hoosier State. Supposedly it was because it kept the entire state on one time zone (except for a few localities around Chicago and Cincinnati that kept in sync with those cities). But it was crazy trying to figure out the time difference with neighboring states. Whether we were ahead or behind or the same depended on the season. I still think DST is weird. Next fall, we should set the clocks back 30 minutes and call it even…

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      Now THAT is an idea – 30 minutes back and call it even. I hate DST and I just wish we’d stick with 1 or the other year round.

  5. Trinity says:

    I am in Pulaski County Indiana and before we officialy went to Eastern time you could have 2 stores next to each other and 1 would be on central and 1 on Eastern. It was nuts.

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