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Photographs and descriptions of an artesian well in the northwest corner of Clark County (Nevada), May 10, 1924






Photographs with captions of an artesian well in Las Vegas

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Box 81 Engineering File 15 Vol. 1 Views of Las Vegas Well in S32 T20 S Range 61 E, 1924


hln001021. 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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VIEWS OF LAS VEGAS WELL in North West Corner S 32 T 20 S Range 61 E Clarke County, Nevada, taken May 10, 1924 by A.C.Boyle, Jr. Views OF LAS VEGAS WELL, in North Wast Corner S 32 T 20 S R 61 E. Clark County , Nevada, taken May 10, 1924. by A C Boyle, Jr. This view was taken of water well near Spring which supplies water for the city of Las Vegas. The main Spring channel is to the left of the large tree. Although not measured, the flow from this well has been estimated to be 130-inches, or about 1,000-gallons per minute. The well is located near the north west corner of Sec. 32, Township 20 South, Range 61 East. This view shows the same well looking in the direction of the main Spring, which is about 300-feet away. The water has a temperature of about 56-degrees, and is just a little cooler than the water from the Spring. The well appears to be cleaning itself out by an occasional boulder coming up with the main flow. There is some water flowing around the outside of the casing, but this represents a small part of the total flow of the well. In order to show how far above the well-casing the crown of the water-flow is, this view was taken against the sun looking east. The shadow of the casing can be seen through the column of water, and the top of the water column is about 8-inches above the top of the casing. The casing measures 12- inches internal diameter The view shows the height of the water above the top of the casing. The well depth is 635-feet, the estimated depth at which water would be struck was 630-feet. One great advantage of a flow of water like this will be the ease of keeping the water free from impurities. The observer is looking northwest. The strike of the formation is almost due north at this point. Thus far no change has been noted in the flow of the big Spring although the well is only 300-feet from the spring. Two wells like this one, will practically furnish all the water needed for the city and the railroad. The water flow at this level assures greater hydrostatic head for the outlets in the city of Las Vegas. Such will greatly augment fire fighting should such become necessary. Several wells line this one can be obtained should such become necessary in the future. It is Mr. Bracken's plan to connect this supply into the main pipe line extending to Las Vegas. If such is done the water pressure will be improved abort 15-pounds in the city mains. With this additional pressure it will be an easy mater to deliver water into the softener without the use of pumps. At the left is driller, Mr. Wright, then Mr. Heaton, and last Mr. Bracken. Mr. Bracken states that by obtaining this well an abundance of water from the spring can be diverted for the company farm near Las Vegas. The casing stands about 8-feet above the level of the ground, Mrs. Bracken, at the extreme right, states that the water from this well is much cooler than waters from the various springs.