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Letter from P. J. Lynch (Omaha) to A. E. Stoddard, March 13, 1952


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Lynch brings attention to the issue of the Union Pacific Railroad developing an independent water source. They had a well in the shop yard, but the only vested water right they had was in Well No. 1 near the Las Vegas Springs. The railroad needed a permanent solution.

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Box 24 Folder 80-11 Vol. 1 of 3 LVL&W Co. Proposed Sale of Water Production Facilities of UPRR Co.


hln001257. 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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(COPY) Omaha - March 13, 1952 SC-353-24-L Mr. A. E. Stoddard: (cc - Mr. Wm. Reinhardt Mr. W. R. Rouse Mr. W. H. Hulsizer Mr. A. C. Ritter) Your letter, February 13th, file 199, relative to question of Railroad developing independent water supply at Las Vegas. The committee appointed to this subject met at Las Vegas on March 4th, and I am attaching copy of minutes of the meeting. There are eleven water wells and three springs producing water in the area and generally known as the "Wells in the Field." They produce up to 20,000,000 gallons per day. Tabulation at this time shows 13,665,770 gallons per day, the amount will vary. There are two reservoirs in service. The Clark Reservoir with 2,500,000 and Charleston Reservoir with 1,200,000 gallons. The Railroad Company has a vested right in only 2.5 CFS in Well No. 1 in the field. At the rear of the Las Vegas Engine House, there is also a well designated as No. 1, which was drilled about 1921 and cased with 10" heavy casing. It is 780 feet deep powered by a Byron-Jackson Turbine Pump and a 20 H.P. motor. It is producing up to 180 GPM continuous pumping. While in service for many years, no vested right has been established in this well. The Division forces are arranging to clean and test the well, as its production must be established and ) accounted for in any arrangements to be made with the P.F.E.,, the LVL&W Company and the Las Vegas Valley Water District. 7 As soon as additional information is developed, further report and recommendations will be furnished you. (sgd) P. J. LYNCH