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Letter from Walter R. Bracken (Las Vegas) to W. H. Comstock (Los Angeles), May 23, 1920


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Two hotels complained that they had no water pressure on their second floors, and Bracken discussed the possibility of purchasing a well to boost the pressure in the system.

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


hln001041. 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, Nevada, May 23, 1920. Mr. W. H. Comstock, General Manager, Los Angeles, California. Dear Sir:- Referring to our conversation of yesterday in reference to the water situation: I beg to herewith en-close you letters of complaint from both the Nevada Hotel and Overland Hotel proprietors. I went over the ground yesterday with John Clark and while we have corrected the overflow of water through the flume which was flooding the lower part of town, we have not been able to increase the pressure any and neither of the above hotels can secure water on the second floor, and I sincerely hope that you will make every effort you can to rush the finishing up of our pipe line so that we may get the full head of the springs, for without this there will be no way of increasing our pressure. In this connection, I beg to herewith enclose you copy of my letter to C. F. Miller, Division Engineer, making inquiry concerning the boring of a well within the shop yard ground. Since thinking this matter over, the thought occurred to me that it might be a good thing for us to purchase the Connelly Well which is just two blocks east of our 5th Street instead of boring a new well. Connelly well is one of the best wells within the Valley and is flowing at a pressure of 60#. This could easily be piped across to our City water mains which are also running through the shop yards and for the time being the shops and all railroad purposes could be supplied with the water from the springs and the City could be out off from this spring and our supply gotten from the Connelly well. This would also assure us in the City mains a much better pressure and would be sufficient for all purposes and especially that of fire and do away with the constant com-plaint of the City authorities in reference to pressure sufficient to take care of fire. I do not know that Connelly would dispose of his well, but I think it would be a good thing to look into matter and see for as suggested by Mr. William M. Barr of the Union Pacific Railroad, the water of this well is the best of anything along the Salt Lake Route as shown by Mr. Barr's analysis and if anything ever went wrong with the pipe line or the springs, we could easily have water of this well turned into the line over to the shops. Yours truly, Vice Pres. & Agent. cc Mr. J. R. Clark. Mr. A. Maguire.