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What time was it in Dawson Creek, BC at 1900-01-01 00:00:00 +0000?

What time was it in Dawson Creek, BC at 1900-01-01 00:00:00 +0000?


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I tried to Google this but I couldn't find a definitive answer.

Dawson Creek has its own timezone. My timezone database tells me that on 14-Apr-1918 @ 10:00am UTC its timezone became PDT (and then subsequently PST, PWT, PPT and finally MST), but I can't find any record of what it was before that.

According to Wikipedia it incorporated as a village on May 26, 1936, but prior to that, that land still belonged to British Columbia, no? B.C. has existed since July 20, 1871 as far as I can tell. Would it use B.C.'s timezone then? But that doesn't really help me either, because I don't have any time history prior to 1918.

I guess there wasn't much of a standard back then, but is there any generally accepted time that historians use? Like, they had watches back then, right? If I was a farmer in BC, Canada in the year 1900, what would I set my pocket watch to?


What time was it in Dawson Creek, BC at 1900-01-01 00:00:00 +0000?

The pedantically correct answer, based on the IANA Timezone Database, is that it was 1899-12-31 16:00:00 (-0800) at 1900-01-01 00:00:00 +0000. The IANA time zone entry for America/Dawson_Creek is shown below.

# Zone NAME GMTOFF RULES FORMAT UNTIL Zone America/Dawson_Creek -8:00:56 - LMT 1884 -8:00 Canada P%sT 1947 -8:00 Vanc P%sT 1972 Aug 30 2:00 -8:00 - MST

Dawson Creek was officially no different than any other place in British Columbia prior to Aug 30, 1972. Since British Columbia nominally switched to the Pacific time zone (-0800) in 1884, and since nobody has ever had daylight savings time on New Years Eve or New Years day, it was 1899-12-31 16:00:00 (-0800) at 1900-01-01 00:00:00 +0000. This pedantically correct answer has to be taken with a grain of sand, however.

History of Time Zones
The 1884 switch from Local Mean Time to Pacific time is based on the 1884 International Meridian Conference, held in Washington, D.C. The United States and Canada faced a mutual problem in that they spanned multiple time zones. Railroads were the driving force behind standardizing time, and Canada was one of the leaders in this regard.

Sir Sandford Fleming, then the director of the Canadian Pacific Railway, was the driving force behind Canada's time zone standardization. The last spike connecting the Canadian Pacific Railway with the rest of Canada was driven in 1884, with Fleming in attendance.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LastSpike_Craigellachie_BC_Canada_-_cropped.jpg">ShareImprove this answeredited Jun 17 '20 at 9:02Community1answered Apr 2 '16 at 22:15David HammenDavid Hammen2,22911 silver badges18 bronze badges


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