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Letter from Walter R. Bracken (Las Vegas) to F. H. Knickerbocker (Los Angeles), March 3, 1931






Bracken asks for advice regarding the Edward Clark Forwarding Company which was going to be connected to railroad water, but was being cut off by their previous provider, thus preventing them from running pipes in their basement and ultimately, endangering their goods.

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Box 86 Folder 768.4 Las Vegas Water


hln001143. 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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Las Vegas,Nevada, March 3, 1931. W 23-4-15 Subject: Water Service - Industrial Sites - Mr. F.H.Knickerbocker, General Manager, Los Angeles, California. Dear Sir: There has an immediate emergency arisen in connection with water service to some of the warehouses on Main Street. The Clark Forwarding Company called on me today for help which they must have very soon. Heretofor, they have had water connection on the line serving the PFECo. but this service will be discontinued within the next day or so, when the PFECo. will install their new water line. The principle use of this water tap, since the recent rains which have raised the water table so that it has flooded their basement, has been for the operation of an automatic pump, to pump water from the basement of their warehouse. If this is discontinued, (as it will be when the PFECompany's line is finished) it is liable to result in serious damage of merchandise, as their basement contains a very heavy stock of goods* They have requested that arrangements be made whereby they can be furnished water at once, in order that they may continue the operation of their pump and avoid a very serious damage to their stock. After consulting with Leo A. McNamee, I have given them permission to lay, temporarily, their own one-inch water line, a distance of about 500 ft. making connection along the west side of Main Street to our three-inch line which is now supplying the Union Oil Company, Richfield Oil Company and the National Ice & Cold Storage Company, but this would be a very undesirable permanent line. Will you please advise what is being done in reference to installation of water line as per your letter November 20, 1930, File 9215-3-W, which if installed as plan No. 2, would be available to serve Clark Forwarding Company and three or four other industrial sites which do not now have water connection* I have also given them temporary permission to carry their waste water through the one-inch pipe line from the basement to the flume running from PFECo. to connection with sewer at head of Carson