From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1942.
Del Norte County came out of a three-month eclipse this week when automatic switches as prescribed by the Defense Council became available.
The blackout of outside advertising and neon signs began in mid-December, and continued in full force until recently when the Defense Council amended its ordinance to allow use of such lighting as long as it was arranged that all lights could be doused by momentarily discontinuing the power source at the powerhouse.
Businessmen had complained bitterly that the blackout was dangerously injuring the tourist business because it was believed that travelers continued on through a darkened town believing that everything was closed. Lifting the ban brought new life to Crescent City’s business streets while isolated auto camps all along the highway received their first real influx of tourists for the year.