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Letter from Walter R. Bracken (Las Vegas) to C. F. Miller (Los Angeles), May 19, 1920


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Discussion about drilling a well in the railyard. References the Sund, Conley, and Buol wells.

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Box 1 Folder 1 J. Ross Clark Las Vegas Springs 1911-1921 59 PP


hln001042. Union Pacific Railroad Collection, 1828-1995. MS-00397. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Las Vegas, Nev., May 19, 1920. Mr. C. F. Miller, Divn. Engr., Los Angeles, California. Dear Sir:- Answering your inquiry of May 17th in reference to proposed well to be drilled in the shop yards, I beg to advise that judging from the three nearest wells which are within a triangle, that we should have to go possibly 700 to 750 ft. for the under strata of water. The Sund well in the south encountered water at 300 ft. but went to the 620 ft. level and got a well with a pressure of 21 lbs. The Buol well in the west went to a depth of 285 ft. encountering the first strata of water and they went on down to 602 ft. where they have one of the largest flows of any well in the Valley, with pressure of 20 lbs. The other well of the triangle, which is the Conley well just east of our present townsite a few blocks drilled down to 735 ft. and he has a pressure of 60 lbs. so as we are in the center of the triangle I would judge to get a good flow of water and heavy pressure we would have to drill from 700 to 750 ft. Yours truly,