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Letter from Walter R. Bracken (Las Vegas) to F. R. McNamee (Los Angeles), August 29, 1913






Bracken reporting his visit to Buol's well and recommending a report from an engineer before the Las Vegas Land and Water Company purchases any additional land to protect their water rights.

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Box 13 Folder W23-3-3 LVL&WC (Report of R. G. Greene, Geologist)(re: water situation in LV Valley)


hln000845. 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., Aug. 29, 1913. Mr. F. R. McNamee, Los Angeles, Cal. Dear Sir: I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter under date of Au- gust 27 and contents noted. Prior to receiving this letter on yesterday, I drove out to see Buol's well which is 2 3/4 miles above our Spring and very close to the Eglington well which has been flowing about 70" for over one year. The Buol Well is 950 feet from the Eglington well and Mr. Eglington advises me that he can see some change in his well since the Buol well was struck. A very conservative es- timate of Buol's well, as given by men who are accustomed to guessing at the wells of this section is 80" instead of 100" at reported to you. I note you say Mr. Buol took occasion to suggest that it might be well for us to purchase land contiguous to our lands surrounding the spring as a protection, but, before this is done, I should like to suggest that the conditions be well looked into by an engineer of geological knowledge and get a thorough report on the probability of wells being sunk off of our land causing any damage to our present springs, as I do not wish to express a personal opinion in this matter for my knowl- edge of geological formation is very limited. The land adjoining our holdings at the springs and back south and west for three quarters of a mile is very rocky and on the hard pan which comes to the surface al- most the entire length of the mesa. I do not want to go on record and say that it would not be a good thing to purchase land west of the spring for the protection of our water, but I do want to go on record and say that I think the matter should be looked into at once. I understand, from Mr. Eglington, that within the last day or so Mr. Buol has taken option on more than 360 acres lying between the springs and his (Eglington's) place. Did Buol mention to you any parts or parcels of land which the Company should purchase? There seems to be quite a little still and comment in town in reference to these wells which are located at an elevation of about 150 feet above our springs, as to whether they will effect our present supply or not. I am getting all the information that it is possible to obtain and if anything further should present itself, I will communicate with you at once. Yours very truly,