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Letter from Ernie W. Cragin (Las Vegas) to George F. Ashby (Omaha), October 8, 1948


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Mayor Cragin asking Ashby if Union Pacific had any ideas on how to ensure that after the creation of the Las Vegas Valley Water District that water previously controlled by the Las Vegas Land and Water Company remain in the boundaries of Las Vegas proper

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Box 13 Folder W23-1-C Water Conservation - Supply from Lake Mead


hln000919. 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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COPY October 8, 1948 Mr. George F. Ashby, President Union Pacific Railroad Company Omaha, Nebraska. Dear Mr. Ashby: You no doubt have been advised of the intent to create a Water District for the Las Vegas Valley, and being in close touch with the water situation in the Valley can appreciate the need for additional water if the City and Valley are to continue to grow. On the 19th of this month an election will be held approving the District and electing Directors who will formulate plans for the District. To supplement the supply to Las Vegas proper and get water to the strip and the Valley, water will have to be brought in from Lake Meade, and this is going to take time and money. Although we do favor the District, the Com-missioners and myself feel that the City of Las Vegas should protect itself to the extent that water now being produced within the City of Las Vegas can be confined for the use of the City and the extension of lines with-in the City. If a District is created and water now being produced in the City could be distributed to points outside the City, it would soon deplete the supply within the City and create a situation we cannot allow to happen. With the information I have submitted above, do you have any suggestions as to what action the City should take. understand that there will be no sup-plemental supply of water from the Henderson supply. With kind personal regards, I am. Sincerely, E. W. Cragin, Mayor. cc:R.A.Blonde. (sgd) E.W.C.