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
Russell?, manager of this hotel, asking him to arrange that
we might see more of the Boulder Dam construction than the ordinary tourist
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
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
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 comfortable.
Lots of love, my darling, in which Mamma and the boys