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Telegram from the San Francisco Council No. 615, Knights of Columbus Supporting the Raker Bill, December 2, 1913

The San Francisco Council No. 615, Knights of Columbus, through its Grand Knight sent this telegram to Congress in which they unanimously endorsed the Raker Bill, a bill to grant San Francisco the right to dam the Hetch Hetchy Valley. The Knights argued that pure mountain water was necessary to support the healthy development of San Francisco. They further stressed that damming the Hetch Hetchy Valley would enhance the grandeur of the entire region.

RG 46, Records of the U.S. Senate

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