Timing . . .
by Angela Breidenbach
Whether it’s Day Light Savings or time zones, did you know time is relative to perception and agreement?
Back in 1883, time zones were born because of progress. Not the success of science, but the failure of it. People set their clocks by the bell tower in any given town. Though trains zigzagged the North American continent, none of the railroads had a schedule that matched another. None of the people who boarded any given train could use one schedule either. There could be 30-80 different time schedules for the exact same set of cars.
Hundreds of train crashes later, lives lost and financial devastation from destroyed cargo meant enough was enough. The US and Canadian railway companies began meeting in the spring of 1883. They finally settled on a date to switch to agreed upon time zones on November 18, 1883. The thousands of towns, declaring thousands of local times, that had played havoc with train schedules and rail safety would be wrapped into five North American time zones, four in the United States and Territories, standardizing uniform local times across the continent.
But thinking of how the perception of time might have affected our ancestors birthed the idea for my story, Right On Time, in the historical romance collection, The Mail-Order Standoff.
What seems normal to us today may have been inconceivable to someone a hundred or more years ago. It’s all relative, isn’t it?
Angela Breidenbach, co-author of The Mail-Order Standoff, is a screenwriter, broadcaster, genealogist, bestselling author and the Christian Authors Network president. She was awarded Outstanding Broadcasting from the NSDAR. She lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. All social media: @AngBreidenbach. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com