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Judge Ray's Pipe Dream

In a big land big things are undertaken by big men. If you don't believe this, ask Judge L. O. Ray. If you can't or won't believe him, wait until his pipe line from Ash Meadows to Greenwater is completed and Greenwater, the driest place on earth, shall have an up-to-date water supply system. This is no pipe dream. The Judge has lived on the deserts of Nevada until he has acquired the sense of dryness, a sense that ordinary mortals know nothing of, but in the desert this sense guides men to water. It was this sense that guided the Judge to Ash Meadows, from where he will draw the water supply for Greenwater. He owns the ranch from where this supply will flow, and he is backed in the piping project by men with unlimited capital. It's a pipe dream that is going through.

But it's a big undertaking, this piping of water from Ash Meadows to Greenwater. The distance is fifty miles. To accomplish the task the water from the level of the Amargosa river will be pumped into a reservoir near the top of Skeleton peak in the first range of the Funeral mountains. This peak towers high ab6ve the highest point in the copper district, and from this reservoir the water will have a sufficient pressure to carry a tremendous stream across the intervening desert and over the lower range of mountains that lie east of Greenwater. It may take years to do this work. It will be an engineering feat to lay this pipe line, but, too, will it be for all time a memorial to the men that promote this scheme, whose confidence in the new copper find at Greenwater is sufficient to induce them to part with more money than it would take to develop the largest mine in the district. It is such confidence as Judge Ray and his confreres exhibit in the building of this pipe line that is making a land of wealth- of these desert plains and mountains.
ecology: wildlife - plants - geography: places - MAPS - roads & trails: route 66 - old west - communities - weather - glossary
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