The history of Las Vegas is a story of perseverance, redemption, and a little bit of luck. Founded in 1905 and incorporated in 1911, Las Vegas was a stop on the railroad linking Salt Lake City and southern California. Metropolitanization of Las Vegas kicked off with the building of the Hoover Dam (which was eventually renamed by President Truman). A massive number of workers were required to complete the dam and, seemingly overnight, Las Vegas' population grew from 5,000 to 25,000. Seeing a captive audience, the Mafia sought to entertain the masses - and separate them from their hard-earned wages with casinos and showgirls. Their plan worked quite well until the government erected a federally controlled town for the workers and restricted their access to the temptations of Las Vegas, however, once the dam was completed and electricity flowed to the valley, the bright lights of Las Vegas were a beacon to all who desired to make money or flirt with Lady Luck. Over the next forty years, resorts came and went, the Mafia solidified their stronghold in the valley and millions were pumped through the casinos of Las Vegas every year.
Between the early 1970's and the late 1980' Las Vegas experienced the inevitable urban sprawl and single-family homes popped up in Henderson, Summerlin, Centennial Hills and North Las Vegas. This booming population growth created a perfect storm for commercial and industrial growth. The birth of the Mega-Resort Era in the 90's brought unprecedented money and talent to the valley. Las Vegas was the largest city founded in the 20th century, and, although commerce and tourism slowed with the economic downturn of 2007, Las Vegas began to recover just a few years later and has been steadily growing since.
The Las Vegas metro area is home to over 2.8 million people and has grown by about 2% a year for the last few years. The future of Las Vegas is bright.
Summerlin is a Master Planned community that is partly located in the city limits of Las Vegas and partly in unincorporated Clark County. Nestled in the shadow of Red Rock Canyon at the edge of the Spring Mountains, this community occupies over 22,000 acres with over 230 parks and over 150 miles of recreational trails connecting neighborhoods and local amenities.
Summerlin is divided into three associations (North, South & West) with over two dozen commercial and residential villages, including Downtown Summerlin which boasts over 125 shops, restaurants, and bars. Downtown Summerlin is also home to the Las Vegas Ballpark, which is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators MiLB team as well as the City National Arena, the practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights NHL franchise, and the home arena of the UNLV Rebels hockey program.
Summerlin is a growing community with over 6,000 acres left to develop in the coming years.
In 1917, a fellow by the name of Thomas Williams visited the area and was intrigued by the agricultural potential of the valley, but he was a Christian man and did not approve of the rowdiness of Las Vegas. Two years later he moved his family to a 160-acre piece of land that was just a mile from Las Vegas and founded his own town. That same year the Volstead Act was passed prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol, however, like so many cities across the country, the residents of Williams' town had their own network of speakeasies with tunnels connecting the local watering holes which attracted bootleggers and fun-seeking residents. Of course, Mr. Williams did not approve of such shenanigans, so he continued to focus on developing his agricultural town.
In 1935, the town’s first board was created. When faced with the task of officially naming the town, two options were presented; North Las Vegas and Vegas Verde. The winning name after the first board vote was Vegas Verde, however, a board member noticed at the next board meeting that two of the supporters of Vegas Verde were absent and a second vote was called…..North Las Vegas was the winner!
Industrial and Manufacturing businesses have dominated the economy in North Las Vegas with over 1,300 acres of industrial parks. In recent years, high-tech companies have moved to North Las Vegas and are elevating opportunities in industries such as solar and green technologies.
North Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing areas in Nevada and boasts several master planned communities including Valley Vista, Aliante and Eldorado.
Located just 16 miles south of Downtown Las Vegas, you will find the second largest city in Nevada (after Las Vegas). Henderson, NV was incorporated in 1953 after the second World War in an attempt to save the area from becoming war surplus property.
The city of Henderson covers 107.7 square miles and has over 37 miles of recreational trails. Henderson has several master planned communities including Sun City Anthem and MacDonald Ranch, which are age restricted 55+ communities with amenities and social calendars for residents.
Lake Las Vegas is also located in Henderson, which offers two golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, water activities, shopping, and dining. The newest master planned community in Henderson is Inspirada, which is located in the southwest part of the city. The most recognizable area of Henderson is Green Valley, Southern Nevada’s first Master Planned Community. Green Valley was founded in 1978 and offers tree lined streets with parks throughout the community as well as shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Henderson is home to the Las Vegas Raiders’ headquarters as well as the Henderson Silver Knights, the AHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team.
Southern Nevada’s first master-planned community is located in Henderson, NV. Green Valley (including Green Valley South and Green Valley Ranch) celebrated their grand opening in 1978, with construction beginning on Green Valley South in 1985 and Green Valley Ranch in 1994.
This community has many master-planned areas, such as MacDonald Ranch, The Grand Legacy and Ascaya. Residents of Green Valley enjoy shopping and restaurants at The District at Green Valley Ranch Resort, tree lined streets, plentiful parks and community events such as the weekly farmer’s market and family friendly outdoor movies “On The Green” during warm months. The extensive network of walking and biking trails through Green Valley connects neighborhoods, parks and shopping for a unique way to explore the community.
Green Valley is also home to the Henderson Silver Knights, the AHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Boulder City is a town in Clark County located 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas.
Boulder City was developed to house the workers who were contracted to build the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and was developed under strict government control. The town was originally developed to house 5,000 workers with a focus on clean living. Alcohol was banned until 1969, and gambling is still prohibited within the city limits. In 1959 the government relinquished control of the city and Boulder City was incorporated.
Known for its greenspaces and stunning views of Lake Mead, Boulder City currently has less than 20,000 residents. There are three golf courses (two municipal and one private) in the city and the city hosts several events throughout the year such as the Boulder City Arts Festival and the “Get Off My Dam Lawn” Gardening Festival.
Downtown Boulder City offers shopping, dining and entertainment with historical markers and points of interest sprinkled throughout the corridor.