Boulder City, Nevada

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Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States. It is approximately 20 mi (32 km) from the City of Las Vegas. As of the 2000 census the population was 14,966, with a 2008 estimated population of 16,840.[3]

Boulder City is one of only two cities in Nevada that prohibit gambling.[5]



Boulder City was originally built in 1931 by the Bureau of Reclamation and Six Companies, Inc. as housing for workers who were building Hoover Dam (the original name of the dam was Boulder Dam). It was designed by urban architect Saco Rienk DeBoer. Alcohol sales, membership in unions, and all forms of gambling were prohibited in the city. The government did not relinquish control of Boulder City until 1959, when the town was incorporated. Boulder City's incorporation ceremonies took place on January 4, 1960. The city council selected pharmacist Robert N. Broadbent as the town's first mayor.

The city charter, approved by the residents, prohibited gambling within the city limits. This provision still exists, making Boulder City one of only two locations in Nevada where gambling is illegal (the other is the town of Panaca).[6] The Hacienda Hotel and Casino, which has a Boulder City mailing address, is located on a parcel of private land within the boundaries of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and is not within city limits.

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