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Letter from Hugh A. Shamberger (Carson City) to Colonel H. F. Clark (Las Vegas), December 11, 1951


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Shamberger advised the Water District to purchase the lands surrounding the Las Vegas Springs as well as other springs and wells in the area to protect its water sources in the future.

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Box 24 Folder 80-11 Vol. 1 of 3 LVL&W Co. Proposed Sale of Water Production Facilities of UPRR Co.


hln001267. 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 VALLEY WATER DISTRICT 900 SOUTH 5TH STREET LAS VEGAS, NEVADA TELEPHONE 5920 December 11, 1951 STATE OF NEVADA OFFICE OF THE STATE ENGINEER Carson City Colonel H. P. Clark, Engineer, Las Vegas water District, 900 South 5th Street, Las Vegas, Nevada. Dear Colonel Clark: When I was in Las Vegas recently you gave me a small drawing which set forth the property owned by the Las Vegas Land and water Company in the vicinity of their wells and reservoirs, and requested that I advise you as to what land I thought the District should take over in the event they were successful in acquiring the facilities of the Las Vegas Land and Water Company. After considering this matter, I feel that at the off-set the District should obligate themselves to purchase all of the land as indicated on the drawing. Certainly, if later the district finds that some of the land is not needed, it would be an easy matter to dispose of same. On the contrary, however, if you don't purchase some of it now, and the water Company sold to others and then you found out later that you needed this land, it might be too late to acquire same. Offhand, I would say that it is too bad that the water company didn't retain more land surrounding their wells than they did, in order to protect their wells against interference with other wells. I certainly wish the District all success in their negotiations, as I have been, in the very beginning, one of the greatest supporters of the District idea. The District needs the facilities of the water Company in order to support the importation of water from Lake Mead. I realize the many problems that must be worked out and you may be assured that I will lend every assistance I can. With kind personal regards, I am Sincerely yours, HUGH A. SHAMBERGER, State Engineer. HAS: at HOWARD F. CLARK P. O. Box 1448 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS THOMAS A. CAMPBELL SPENCER L. BUTTERFIELD WILLIAM COULTHARD HARRY E. MILLER E. OTTO UNDERHILL JAMES CASHMAN JOHN BUNCH