Boulder City, with its small town atmosphere is located about 26 miles southeast of the City of Las Vegas. It’s was built to house workers that were contracted to build the Hoover Dam.
From it’s beginning, Boulder City has had strict standards on building and businesses. To this day there is a moratorium on building – this keeps the real estate market more stable – not letting new building get out of hand. It is also one of the two cities in the State of Nevada where gambling is prohibited.
Home values range from the mid $100,000’s into the Millions. There are large custom homes with lake views and condos close to historic downtown or the city schools – Many of the old “Dam” homes have been preserved/remodeled to make this Historic Town quiet and charming.
Boulder City has often been named one of the best cities to retire in. It’s downtown area is made up of eateries and antique shops – With its parks, hiking/biking trails, proximity to Lake Mead and numerous other outdoor recreational activities, this is truly a community for all ages!
History of Boulder City
Once a harsh desert area, men from all over began to settle here with hopes to find work on the Hoover Dam project. They popped up tents along the river and built a camp, also known as “Ragtown.” Due to the size of the Hoover Dam project and how long it was going to take, the government was forced to create more suitable living arrangements for the workers. In 1931, Boulder City was built. Saco Rienk de Boer was the architect who drew up the plans. The town earned the name “Nevada’s Garden City” because of all the green space provided to emphasize a clean environment for the workers.
Since the beginning, the city has kept a close grip on commercial building. To open a business you had to pass strict screenings on character and finance; limiting the number of businesses opened. There were make shift schools in the beginning. The government was only expecting men to come for work, not bring their families.
Boulder City outlawed gambling and soon after alcohol followed. The workers were under strict supervision. These prohibitions were in place because the government believed wrorkers would be more productive in a clean environment, with no drinking or gambling. Currently, there gambling is still prohibited in Boulder City. In 1969, prohibition on alcohol ended.
By 1983 Boulder City Historic District made it to the National Register of Historic Places.
Schools in Boulder City
Clark County School District oversees Boulder City Schools. There are only 5 total schools here, with one being a private religious school, Grace Christian Academy. Boulder City offers one high school, Boulder City High School, one middle school, Madeline Garrett Middle School, and two elementary schools, Andrew J. Mitchell Elementary School and Martha P. King Elementary School.
Boulder City Parks and Recreation
Boulder City is known for having many parks and green spaces for it’s residents to enjoy. They have 2o+ parks offering everything from playgrounds and picnic areas to 36 miles of biking trails and sports courts and fields. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is close by offering boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, camping and biking. Boulder City also has a number of recreation facilities that offer swimming, golf, arts & crafts, classes, and adult and youth sports.