Originally Posted by Midpack
That's an understatement. Indiana used to have three times zones - it was very confusing to conduct business/arrange flights!
- 11 counties - 6 in NW Indiana near Chicagoand and 5 in SW Indiana near Evansville, Indiana observed the Central Daylight -Saving Time Zone.
- 5 counties in SE Indiana near Cincinnatti observed Eastern Daylight-Saving Time Zone.
- The rest of the state did not observe daylight savings until 2006.
Indiana "only" has two time zones now...
Three of the 5 SE counties are near Louisville, KY, which, like Cincy, is in the Eastern Time Zone and observes DST.
My first odd encounter with Indiana's odd time zones was back in the summer of 2001 when I was on a plane going from NY to Cincy. The passenger sitting next to me was connecting to a short flight to Indianapolis. Back then, Indy was an hour behind Cincy because Indy did not observe DST and Cincy did. But printed on his ticket, his 45-minute flight would arrive in Indy 15 minutes before it left Cincy (all local times).
My ladyfriend lived and worked in Louisville, KY, before she moved to NY 11 years ago. Sometimes, her work (for a doctor) had her traveling to his several satellite clinics in the Louisville area including several in Indiana north of those which unofficially observed DST. This caused some scheduling snags because those clinics were an hour behind her main office in Louisville and sometimes the patients actually lived in those nearby IN counties. Some patients mistakenly ended up waiting an hour for her group to arrive there.
In 2014 when she and I took Amtrak to Louisville (via Indy), we arrived at 5:30 AM on a Saturday morning in late June to wait 3 hours until the nearby car rental office opened so we could rent a car and drive just under 2 hours south to Louisville. It was only 3 hours because both cities had the same time in the summer. Had this been before 2006 when Indy was an hour earlier than Louisville (in the summer), we would have arrived at 4:30 AM and had to wait an extra hour for the rental car office to open only to instantly give that hour back when we crossed time zones again on the way to Louisville.
Years ago, I had an online chat friend who lived in New Zealand. They observe DST but being in the southern hemisphere, they move their clocks in the opposite direction from us in the spring and fall. And they don't move their clocks on the same weekends as we do. So, sometimes we would be 14 hours apart and sometimes we would be 12 hours apart. And for a few weeks in spring and fall, we'd be 13 hours apart. Made it tough to find each other on line sometimes. And another online friend, from China, never heard of DST because they don't change their clocks.