Given the condition of the Las Vegas Springs, if an outbreak occurred, the Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company would undoubtedly be liable, so the situation needed to be rectified immediately.
hln001048. Union Pacific Railroad Collection, 1828-1995. MS-00397. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. http://n2t.net/ark:/62930/d11z44s9n
August 23, 1906. Mr. R. E. Wells, General Manager. Dear Sir: Attached hereto please find copy of letter which I have just received from Mr. C. O. Whittemore, and which, as you will see, relates to the possible liability of the railroad company for contamination of the sources of water supply at the town of Las Vegas. I of reputable physicians could be traced to contamination of this water supply, should occur at Las Vegas, or, indeed, if any case of individual sickness should occur there which could be traced to this contamination, the railroad company, having control of the sources of this supply and being under obligation to maintain it from contamination, would unquestionably be responsible for such results. I trust that something can be done to avoid the danger of such liability being enforced against the company, because I consider that the situation is very menacing. Very sincerely yours,