Rebecca Yerger Memory Lane: A near Disaster in the 1950s
Rebecca Yerger | Napa Valley Register
The utility services of Napa received their fair share of local media coverage in the 1950s newspapers. Some of these mid-20th century reports detailed positive advancements in the local infrastructure, but other local news accounts detailed sensational stories about near disasters.
As part of an effort to enhance the appearance of downtown Napa in late 1953, the city council studied a report and newly drafted ordinance. With their approval of that proposed ordinance, the city implemented a program to remove all the power and utility poles as well as above-ground lines located in downtown Napa.
In place of the visible infrastructure, the electrical lines and systems were to be placed underground throughout the community’s central business district. But a few years later, visual appeal was the furthest thing on the minds of the local utility and municipal government authorities…(Read the full story)