Las Vegas, Nevada
April 4, 1933
Well, we have had some day!
Left Barstow about 8 and reached Las Vegas at 11. Mr. Wilson, manager
of Beacon Towers? at Barstow gave us a letter introduction to Mr.
manager of this hotel, asking him to arrange that we might see more of
the Boulder Dam construction than the ordinary tourist sees.
So Mr. Russell? brought Mr. Squires, proprietor of the
morning paper here up to the room and Mr. Squires telephoned to Mr. Crow,
chief engineer of the dam, with the result that when we got there we were
taken over by one of the heads of a department.
Mr. Squires and Mr. Russell went with us. We were taken down into the
bottom of the canyon (where few people are allowed) and into one of the
tunnels, then up to the summit where we got aboard a "skip" and rode across
the canyon on a cable. It was about 1200 feet above the canyon bottom,
was I petrified! At one place the skip rocked like a ship in a storm. Mamma
side stepped this part of the entertainment. Hulbert, Jack, and
I took pictures form the skip - I to hide my terror.
You cannot imagine the sensation of haning on that little wire cable
over that terrifying abyss.
Coming back I was not at all nervous, and could look over the edge with
eclat and aplomb -- but I was damn glad when they lowered the skip
to the ground.
A skip looks like this:
I think they are about 10 feet by 10 feet. They hold about forty men.
Every one has been wonderful to us here.
We found a bar in the hotel building. The boys took port wine and did
not like it. We had Old Fashioneds.
Then Mr. Squires took us to the Silver Club, a gambling house -- running
wide and open like the bars, and to the Golden Camel bar which adjoins
the Silver Club -- here the boys took sherry and did not like it.
A young lady telephoned Jack - a Miss Carol Williams - and they are
at a show tonight. She was a Pomona girl.
Hulbert has gone to bed and we are going.
Tomorrow we drive to Furnace Creek.
We are having a lucky? trip; and, though tired, have been very
Lots of love, my darling, in which Mamma and the boys join.