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Letter from Walter R. Bracken (Las Vegas) to F. H. Knickerbocker (Los Angeles), June 24, 1935






Discussion of whether the Las Vegas Land and Water Company should respond to the 'assinine' resolution passed by the City Commision when asked for a city ordinance against water waste.

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Box 75 Folder 174-2 Vol. I Law Department UPRR Water Supply-Las Vegas


hln001072. 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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Water Supply, Las Vegas: Las Vegas - June 24th, 1935. W 23-3-5 Mr. F. H. Knickerbocker, General Manager. Los Angeles. California. Dear Sir: Referring to Mr. Jeffers telegram B-22 of June 21st, which I dictated to Mr. Fish over telephone, and also my reply B-22, corrected by him and Mr. Bennett, copies of both being herewith enclosed: After many personal interviews with both the Mayor and individual members of the City Commission, I wrote them under date of June 15th as per enclosed copy. Later, at the request of the Mayor, I furnished them with water measurements from each of our sources, and am also enclosing copy of this exchange. The only result of our urgent request for a city ordinance to stop waste of water, was a "resolution" which was passed June 22nd. as outlined in newspaper clipping which is also enclosed. This "resolution" is one of the most assinine that an intelligent board of commissioners could pass, and is entirely the brain-child of the new city attorney, who is without doubt very antagonistic to both the railroad and water company interests here in Las Vegas. Have not received any further wire in reply to my B-22 from Mr. Jeffers, and will keep you advised of any other wires or requests from Omaha. The water situation at the present time is some-what better than during the fore part of June, and we are now just about holding our own; however, this is not due to any cooperation we are receiving from the Mayor or City Com-mission, but is due rather to the response of the people them-selves to our appeal to help save water, which is published tri-weekly in the local paper, and copy of which I sent you with my letter of June 13th. Mr. Knickerbocker: June 24, 1935. In your opinion, should we make any reply to the resolution passed by the City, or should we simply ignore it? What I had in mind was a policy of keeping the people advised, through the press, of the water situation, as I am satisfied the publicity thus far given it has averted a catastrophe, and ask for their continued cooperation, as we certainly are not going to get any from the present city administration. Yours very truly Walter R. Bracken. Vice-President. cc - Mr. E.E. Bennett