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Letter from William Reinhardt (Los Angeles) to A. E. Stoddard, January 30, 1953


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If the bond issue failed, the public might try and force the railroad to increase water production, so the company should consider transferring all water production to the Las Vegas Land and Water Company who was in a better position to resist "unreasonable demands." "Copy" and "80-12" written in red pencil. Letter has several date stamps: E.E.B., E.C.R. and U.P. R.R. Co., Los Angeles.

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Box 25 Folder 80-12 LVL&WCo. Transfer of Union Pacific Water Production Facilities to,


hln001174. 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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Los Angeles, January 30, 1953 Mr. A. E. Stoddard: (cc - Mr. W. H. Hulsizer Mr. R. M. Sutton Mr. W. R. Rouse Mr. E. E. Bennett) You will recall that I last called to your attention in my letter to you of September 30, 1952, the suggestion that the water production facilities of the Railroad at Las Vegas be transferred to the Las Vegas Land and Water Company. I understand that this matter has been given consideration by the various interested departments in Omaha and that a conference was held at Omaha on December 16, 1952, concerning the matter. I have not learned whether a definite conclusion has been reached as a result of the consideration given to the proposal. I have been in touch with the Directors of the District, and we can expect to receive very shortly from the District a proposal to purchase the water system, which will undoubtedly be satisfactory to us. I anticipate that a bond election will be called sometime in the late spring or early summer of 1953. However I am not at all certain that the bonds will be approved. If the bonds fail, there will undoubtedly be an attempt made to require the Railroad Company to augment the water supply in some fashion. We cannot say the exact demands which will be made an us, but it is conceivable that the Las Vegas public might attempt to saddle upon the Union Pacific the responsibility of bringing water from Lake Mead. For these reasons I believe that prompt consideration should be given to the proposal to transfer the water production facilities of the Railroad to the Las Vegas Land and Water Company and that the transfer be made before the bond election takes place. I am convinced that we would be in a better position to resist unreasonable demands for expansion of our facilities if the Railroad were entirely divorced from the water business than if the present divided operation is continued. (signed) Wm. Reinhardt