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Walter Bracken

Walter Bracken came to Las Vegas in 1901. He worked for the railroad company and helped build the new city of Las Vegas. He became the postmaster and used the tent he lived in as the post office.

While working as postmaster, he helped plan the new Las Vegas. He gave land to people to build churches, libraries and the courthouse. He also helped build the city's first water system.