Lets Explore the City of Henderson

Henderson is a suburb of Las Vegas and a city of it's own. With a populatio of 335,000 residences, Henderson is Nevada's second largest city and has a medium home value of around $425,000. With it's own police and fire departments, Henderson is consistently ranked one of the countries best and safest city to live.  There is a park located within 1 mile of every residence in Henderson making it ideal for families. Home to the Dollar Loan Center Arena where the Silver Knights pro hickey team play, Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa, the Las Vegas Raiders practice facility and the historic downtown Henderson, there is plenty to do and explore.

Henderson was actually "born in America's defense" ten years prior to its incorporation during World War II with the building of the Basic Magnesium Plant. The plant supplied the US War Department with magnesium for munitions and airplane parts. Former Mayor Jim Gibson's own grandfather, Fred Gibson, was one of the original engineers sent to Great Britain to learn the secret of creating the "miracle metal" which would eventually help the United States and the allies win the war.

However, in 1947, magnesium production was no longer necessary for defense and most of the 14,000 BMI 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, went vacant. In 1947 the United States War Asset Administration actually 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 giving the Colorado River Commission of Nevada 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.

Today, the City of Henderson has grown to more than 103 square miles and is the second largest city in Nevada. Henderson is often referred to as having small town values with big city efficiencies. The city's official slogan "Henderson-a Place to Call Home" reflects a community that enjoys small town values while benefiting from big city efficiencies.  

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