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Letter from General Manager (Las Vegas) to Kelly Ann Le Blanc (New Iberia, Louisiana), November 18, 1952


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Letter written by the General Manager of Las Vegas Land and Water Company to a student in Louisiana who was writing a report on Las Vegas water supply.

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Box 47 LVL&WC Correspondence Oct. 1952 - Dec. 1952


hln000501. 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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November 18, 1952 Kelly Ann Le Blanc Star Route B - Box 84 New lberia, Louisiana Dear Kelly Ann: This letter is written in response to your inquiry of November 11, 1952, regarding our water supply. We do not have any rivers in this part of the desert, so we obtain our water from the artesian or underground channel. The water in the artesian channel comes from snow meltage in the Charleston Mountains, about 35 miles west of Las Vegas, and flows underground until we tap the supply with a well, whereupon, the water rises to the surface and overflows. We then capture the water in a pipeline and transmit it to a large concrete structure called a settling-basin. At this point it drops any small grains of sand it may have picked up in the underground channel, and emerges from the settling-basin as clear, sparkling artesian water. It is then carried through more pipelines to the big reservoir, thence into the city, where smaller service lines carry the water into homes and buildings. We have, at the present time, eleven big artesian wells, drilled to a depth of 400 to 1200 feet, and these wells produce more than fifteen million gallons per day. The population of Las Vegas is 30,000 and it is located in Southern Nevada. Hope you get an "A" in your Science Class. Very truly yours, General Manager