The Nevada State Engineer suggested that the Las Vegas Valley Water District purchase 1200 acres of "water bearing lands," but the District only wanted to purchase 679 acres.
hln001264. Union Pacific Railroad Collection, 1828-1995. MS-00397. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. http://n2t.net/ark:/62930/d1d21vj9h
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Mr, Wm. Reinhardt: cc: Mr. W.H, Johnson - Las Vegas (& enc) You will recall that the Water District was going to advise us the amount of land it desired to purchase in case it acquired the production facilities of the railroad in Las Vegas. I enclose for your information, copy of letter dated December 11, 1951, from Mr. Hugh A. Shamberger, State Engineer, to Colonel H.F. Clark, Engineer of the Water District, and copy of letter dated January 3* 1952, from Col. Clark to me. I also enclose my only copy of the drawing referred to in the letters which I would appreciate your returning for my file. After considering these two letters, I gather that the District feels they want to purchase only the 679.42 acres although Mr. Shamberger's letter states that in his opinion the District should purchase "all of the land as indicated on the drawing". The drawing outlines in red line, presumably, the total twelve hundred plus acres and then indicates in red color the 679.42 acres, and I assume that Colonel Clark is referring to the 679.42 acres as "the water bearing lands". In connection with the action of the Public Service Commission in cutting down the land which we included in our rate case, to 240 acres, it is interesting to note Mr. Shamberger's comments that "it is too bad that the Water Company didn't retain more land surrounding their wells than they did". Enc EEB:AF E. E. Bennett Los Angeles - Jan. 4, 1952