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Letter from R. L. Adamson (Los Angeles) to F. H. Knickerbocker, August 16, 1929


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Summary of the lands purchased from the Stewart family by the Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company.

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Box 10 folder W18-1-1 Las Vegas Ranch - General 1929-1930


hln000771. 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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(C O P Y) Los Angeles, August 16, 1929 31-90 Mr. F. H. Knickerbocker: Replying to your letter of the 8th inst., file 9215-3-W, with which you enclosed copy of letter from Mr. Bracken requesting certain data in connection with our Las Vegas Ranch property: Under sub-paragraph (a) as listed in Mr. Bracken's letter, we have found that the Stewart Ranch, exclusive of a 4-acre burial plot, was conveyed to Wm. A. Clark by Helen J.Stewart et al. by deed dated Dec. 8, 1902 our Deed Audit 442, for $55,000. This convey- ance included the rights to the waters of Las Vegas Creek with the exception of four Miner's inches which was reserved by Grantor for use in irrigating the burial plot. By deed dated July 2, 1903, our Deed Audit 803, Wm. A. Clark conveyed the property, including water rights, to S. P. L. A.& S. L. RR Co. By deed dated May 8, 1905, our Deed Audit 828, the Railroad Company deeded to Las Vegas Land and Water Company all that portion of the ranch situated south-easterly of our present right-of-way line. Conveyance to the Water Company did not include any water rights. I have been unable to develop from our records the purpose for which this property was purchased; however, I am informed by Mr. Perkins, of the Valuation Department, that Mr. Clark purchased the property in order to secure the water supply available in the form of large springs and for its potential use as terminal facilities for his proposed line of railroad through Nevada. The fact that the Railroad Company has retained title to the water bearing portion of the ranch and all water rights secured from the Stewarts by Mr. Clark would tend to indicate that the securing of the water rights was probably largely responsible for the purchase of the property by the Railroad Company. In addition to this, the Railroad Company needed a part of the ranch for right-of-way and the location of its terminal facilities. Under sub-paragraph (c) the Auditor's office reports $28,560.25 as the total amount of the Land Company's investment in Las Vegas Ranch. Mr. Bracken states in his letter that he can furnish replies to sub-paragraphs (b) and (d) and also tracing from which prints requested by Mr. Gray can be made. As soon as this tracing is received prints will be forwarded directly to Mr. Bracken. (Sgd.) R. L. Adamson Chief Engineer. CC-Mr. C. C. Barry