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Letter from J. G. Scrugham (Carson City) to Walter R. Bracken (Las Vegas), June 30 1922






The present water system of Las Vegas furnished cheap and seemingly satisfactory service, yet in order to bring in new businesses or agriculture, new sources of water would need to be found.

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Box 13 Folder W23-3-3 LVL&WC (Report of R. G. Greene, Geologist)(re: water situation in LV Valley)


hln000853. 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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PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF NEVADA C A R S O N C I T Y June 30, 1922 C-823 Mr. Walter R. Bracken, Manager Las Vegas Land & Water Company, Las Vegas, Nevada. Dear Sir: In connection with my duties as a member of the Colorado River Commission, I have recently had occasion to examine closely into the matter of pos-sible industrial and agricultural development in the Las Vegas district. I am now conducting preliminary negotiations with a number of concerns using electrochemical pro-cesses, calling their attention to opportunities for certain industrial development which will be made possible if cheap power and raw material supply can be made available at or near Las Vegas. The first inquiry usually made relates to the sufficiency of the domestic and commercial water supply. As a result of our investigations, we are compelled to state that the present installed water system, although furnishing cheap and apparently satisfactory service for the Clark townsite of Las Vegas, is entirely inadequate to handle the needs of the outlying additions which are being built up in the normal growth of the town, or of the new industrial developments which are contemplated. A restricted water supply will inevitably throttle the civic growth of Las Vegas. In connection with the pending controversy over the dissolution of the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific, it has been represented that the Union Pacific System has consistently followed the policy of building up its intermediate territory, with this thought in mind, we suggest that your company at once consider the desirability of im-mediately expanding your water system to a degree W R B ? 2 sufficient to care for the full development of business which can reasonably be expected during the next decade. We believe that ample water supply to the city of Las Vegas is a matter of greatest impor-tance in securing the location of new industries in Southern Nevada. Very truly yours, PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF NEVADA, JGS:C cc F.R. McNamee City of Las Vegas F.A.Stevens Frank Williams S.W. Craner Wm. Dentner, Mayor. By Commissioner