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Letter from R. L. Adamson (Los Angeles) to F. H. Knickerbocker, August 18, 1931


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Letter refers to Las Vegas Land and Water Company map, referenced below, showing proposed earthen dam near the Old Mormon Fort. Letter includes estimated construction costs. Mr. Adamson, Chief Engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad, advised against the spending of company money on the project.

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Folder 6B: 18-1-9


hln000369. 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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Embankment 5.000 cy @ 30cents $1,500 Corrugated iron pipe 36" Dia. 76' @ $5.50 420 Concrete end walls 10 cu.yds. @ $20.00 200 Spillway 15,000 MBM @ $40.00 600 Contingencies, etc., 15% 310 Total ------- $3,030 Los Angeles, August 18, 1931 31-90 Mr. F. H. Knickerbocker: Your letter of July 10, file 9215-3-R, attaching letter of July 8 from Mr. Bracken regarding proposed earthen dam across Las Vegas Creek above the ranch, in order to impond water for irrigation: I am attaching photostat copy of drawing showing contours of the area in the vicinity of the ranch buildings, on which has been sketched in suggested earthen dam with corrugated iron pipe, discharge flume and timber overflow spillway. The high water line of proposed reservoir is also shown. The estimated cost of providing construction as outlined is as follows: It is my understanding that Mr. Carewe would perform all work in connection with the construction of this proposed dam, with the understanding that we provide him sufficient second hand 8" stringers for spillway and possibly purchase the corrugated iron pipe at regular railroad prices. I doubt advisability of our company spending any money for this project. Your file returned herewith. R. L. Adamson CC-Mr.W.R.Bracken,