Skip to main content

Search the Special Collections and Archives Portal

Letter from Walter R. Bracken (Las Vegas) to W. H. Comstock (Los Angeles), February 4, 1923


Download hln000629.tif (image/tiff; 25.86 MB)





Since the water company was experiencing many consumer complaints, Mr. Bracken suggested pumping the sand from at least one of the springs in an attempt to increase flow.

Digital ID


Physical Identifier

Box 15 Folder R11 Wells & Spring Railroad Company


hln000629. Union Pacific Railroad Collection, 1828-1995. MS-00397. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


This material is made available to facilitate private study, scholarship, or research. It may be protected by copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity rights, or other interests not owned by UNLV. Users are responsible for determining whether permissions are necessary from rights owners for any intended use and for obtaining all required permissions. Acknowledgement of the UNLV University Libraries is requested. For more information, please see the UNLV Special Collections policies on reproduction and use ( or contact us at?

Standardized Rights Statement

Digital Provenance

Digitized materials: physical originals can be viewed in Special Collections and Archives reading room

Digital Processing Note

Manual transcription





Las Vegas, Nevada, February 4, 1923. Mr. W.H.Comstock, General Manager, Los Angeles & Salt Lake R. R. Co., Los Angeles, California. Dear Sir: As spring is approaching and our water supply is again under the fire of the public, as you will note from the editorial in a recent issue of one of our papers, I wish to call your attention to my correspondence with you under date of June 17, 1922; also, advise that we have had the matter up with the Pacific Fruit Express Company in reference to excessive use of water on their part and I am herewith enclosing a copy of a letter written this day to their Chief Engineer. We have an adequate supply of water for all domestic uses in Las Vegas if the same is properly handled and I would like to recommend that we pump the sand from at least one of our three springs supplying the town. I make this recommendation from the fact that the old Kyle ranch, which has its water supply from like springs and is now owned by Mr. Park, had one spring which was flowing about 10-inches pumped out, increasing the flow 200%, more than a year ago and is still flowing at the rate of increase. I believe that we could increase cur water supply from either one or all of our springs by cleaning the sand out of the same. To avoid our usual trouble with the towns people and City Commissioners, I am very anxious that we have our water supply well under hand before the summer season sets in. Will you kindly advise me concerning these matters. Yours truly. Vice-President & Agent. B/H CC--A.Maguire C.F.Miller.