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The township of Henderson first emerged in the 1940s during World War II with the building of the Basic Magnesium Plant. Henderson quickly became the main supplier of magnesium in the United States, which was called the “miracle metal” of World War II. The plant supplied the US War Department with magnesium for incendiary munition casings and airplane engines, frames, and other parts. A quarter of all US wartime magnesium came from the Henderson Plant to strengthen aluminum, using 25% of Hoover Dam’s power to separate the metal from its ore by electrolysis. Mayor Jim Gibson’s grandfather, Fred D. Gibson, was one of the original engineers sent to Great Britain to learn the secret of creating the “miracle metal” which would help the United States and its allies win the war. The British liaison officer sent to Henderson, Major Charles Ball, had a main thoroughfare named after him. Because of concerns about having a street named “Ball Avenue”, the name was later changed to “Major Avenue”.

Although “born in America’s defense”, Henderson’s future after World War II was uncertain. In 1947, magnesium production was no longer necessary for defense, and most of the Black Mountain Industrial (BMI) Complex’s 14,000 employees moved away. Enrollment in the school system was reduced by two thirds, and well over half the townsite houses, built to house plant workers, became vacant. In 1947, the United States War Asset Administration offered Henderson for sale as war surplus property.

In an effort to save the city, the Nevada Legislature spent a weekend visiting Henderson, evaluating the possibility of state administration of Basic Magnesium. Within days of the visit, the legislators unanimously approved a bill that gave Nevada’s Colorado River Commission the authority to purchase the industrial plants. Governor Vail Pittman signed the bill on March 27, 1947, helping save Henderson from becoming war surplus property.

With the help of local industry, Henderson was incorporated on April 16, 1953 as the City of Henderson. On May 23, 1953, Henderson, with its population of 7,410, elected Dr. Jim French as the first mayor. Originally only about 13 square miles (34 km2) in size, the city quickly began to grow, reaching over 94 square miles (240 km2) in size today.

The city is in the Mojave Desert with wildlife and vegetation typical of the Mojave. The mountains that surround Henderson mostly have gentle slopes. The McCullough Range is closest to the city; most of this range is covered by black rocks from a volcanic explosion millions of years ago. These mountains reach an average height of about 3,800 feet (1,200 m). The landscape consists of the desert; the only water in the city is found in washes like Duck Creek.

Residential neighborhoods in Henderson include Anthem, Anthem Country Club, Ascaya, Black Mountain Vistas, Cadence, Calico Ridge, Champion Village, The Fountains, Grand Legacy, Green Valley, Green Valley Estates, Green Valley Ranch, Hillsboro Heights, Inspirada, Lake Las Vegas, MacDonald Highlands, MacDonald Ranch, Madeira Canyon, Club at Madeira Canyon, Roma Hills, Seven Hills, Sun City Anthem, Sun City MacDonald Ranch, Tuscany Village, and Whitney Ranch.

An increasing number of major shopping malls, movie theater complexes, concert venues, restaurants and casino resorts offer residents a variety of choices for leisure time in Henderson. The city also sits a few miles southeast of Las Vegas and is not too far from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. “Shakespeare in the Park” celebrated its tenth anniversary in 1996, a testament to Henderson’s long-standing support for the arts and cultural programs. The city also boasts the largest recreational facility – the Multigenerational Facility at Liberty Pointe – in Nevada as well as Nevada’s only scenic Bird Preserve. The city supports a variety of other cultural events, many of which are held at the outdoor amphitheater, the largest one of its kind in Nevada.

Film history

  • The documentary Real CSI featured the Henderson Police Department (HPD) Crime Scene Analysts/Investigators.
  • The 1998 film Lethal Weapon 4 used Interstate 215 as a filming location.
  • A scene in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever in which Bond (Sean Connery) is nearly cremated alive was filmed at Palm Mortuary’s Henderson location. Later in the movie, he is dumped into a pipeline, which was filmed near Lake Mead Boulevard. The construction office for the Lake Mead to Las Vegas water pipeline was there during the building of the pipeline and the filming of the movie.
  • America’s Sweethearts, starring Julia Roberts and John Cusack, featured many scenes filmed at Lake Las Vegas.
  • Paranormal Activity 4 takes place at the home of a wealthy family in Henderson.

Select points of interest

  • Acacia Demonstration Gardens
  • Anthem Country Club
  • Ascaya
  • Black Mountain Recreation Center
  • Clark County Heritage Museum
  • The District at Green Valley Ranch
  • Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden
  • Ethel M Chocolate Factory
  • Galleria at Sunset
  • Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa, and Casino
  • Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve and Water Reclamation Facility
  • Henderson International School
  • Henderson Pavilion Concert Theater and Recreational Plaza
  • Lake Las Vegas
  • Lamborghini Las Vegas
  • M Resort
  • MacDonald Highlands
  • Montelago Village and Boutiques
  • Nevada State College
  • Ravella at Lake Las Vegas
  • Rio Secco Golf Club
  • Roma Hills
  • Seven Hills Estates
  • Sunset Station
  • Veteran’s Wall
  • Westin Resort at Lake Las Vegas
  • Wildhorse Golf Club

Hiking trails
Henderson has more than 37 miles (60 km) of trails.

The Clark County School District provides elementary and secondary public education. Henderson is the location for 29 elementary schools, nine middle schools, and nine high schools. Five of the nine high schools are public schools, being Basic, Coronado, Green Valley, Foothill, and Liberty. The remaining four are private college preparatory schools, including the Henderson International School. A tenth high school, Silverado High School, also serves parts of Henderson but is in the unincorporated Clark County (Paradise).

Findlay College Prep
Findlay Prep was a high school basketball program sponsored by the Henderson International School. Henderson International School – a private preparatory school owned by Meritas – hosted Findlay College Prep. Since its creation in 2006 by businessman Cliff Findlay, its dozen students comprised the school’s only high school students. Findlay has had several McDonald’s All-Americans and alumni playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Colleges and universities
Henderson is home to several colleges and universities. Nevada State College, a baccalaureate college in the Nevada System of Higher Education. The Roseman University of Health Sciences, a private university which awards degrees in nursing, pharmacy, and business, is in Henderson. The College of Southern Nevada, a community college based in Las Vegas, maintains a branch campus in Henderson. California’s National University, Touro University Nevada and Devry University also maintain a campus in Henderson. Several for-profit colleges also operate in the city, including the International Academy of Design & Technology (Henderson campus closed in 2016), The Art Institute of Las Vegas, and Everest College.

Henderson has a public library, the Henderson District Public Libraries.

Henderson is home to the headquarters of the Las Vegas Raiders. In February 2018, the then Oakland Raiders (who in 2017 announced they would relocate to Las Vegas in time for the 2020 NFL season) announced the signing of a deal for 55 acres of land near Henderson Executive Airport, on which the team’s executive offices and practice facility were built. The Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center opened in June 2020.

Henderson is scheduled to be home to the headquarters of the Las Vegas Aces of the Women’s National Basketball Association. In February 2021, ground was broken for a Aces facility next to the Raiders facility. The 50,000 square foot facility will house the Aces’ practice facility, offices, training room and lockers and is expected to be completed by 2022.

On February 6, 2020, the Vegas Golden Knights announced it had purchased the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League from Spurs Sports & Entertainment with the intent to relocate it to the Las Vegas area. The purchase and relocation was approved by the league on February 28. The Henderson Silver Knights currently play at the Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada, while the club’s new 6,000-seat arena, the Dollar Loan Center, is constructed in Henderson.

The city is served by RTC Transit (formerly Citizens Area Transit/CAT) with its network of bus routes which run throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

Henderson is served by four major highways: Henderson Black Hills and (State Route 582), which is the main thoroughfare connecting with Las Vegas and Boulder City; Lake Mead Parkway (State Route 564); Interstate 515 and Interstate 215. State Route 146, also known as Saint Rose Parkway, connects Interstate 15 near Sloan with Interstate 215 in Green Valley. This stretch is formally a part of Lake Mead Parkway which is a direct link to Henderson for motorists traveling in and out of Southern California.

The city of Henderson has a low percentage of households without a car. In 2015, 2.8 percent of Henderson households lacked a car, and increased to 5 percent in 2016. The national average was 8.7 percent in 2016. Henderson averaged 1.74 cars per household in 2016, compared to a national average of 1.8.

Henderson is home for the Henderson Executive Airport. The main airport for the metropolitan area is Harry Reid International Airport, northwest of Henderson.

Street numbering is different within the city of Henderson than with the rest of the Las Vegas Valley. The center of Henderson lies within the intersection of Water Street and Lake Mead Parkway. The Henderson Police Department for years referred to Lake Mead Parkway (and its former name Lake Mead Drive) as “146”, while Boulder Highway is often referred as “93”, its former highway designation.

The Union Pacific Railroad serves Henderson over a branch line originally built to support construction of Hoover Dam. The final few miles of the line, owned by the U.S. Government, were abandoned after the dam was completed. The line still extends to Boulder City; in 1985, the state purchased the section east of appropriately I-515, with the Nevada Southern Railroad Museum operating excursion trains over the easternmost seven miles (11 km).

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