The city of Henderson was pioneered by workers who came to the Las Vegas Valley to help build Boulder Dam in the 1930s. They lived in employee housing on the site of what would eventually become one of the most populous places in Nevada. While the fortunes of the place dwindled with the completion of the dam, there were those who hung on, who'd found a place where they wanted to stay.
The town got its second wind with the coming of World War II, when the country started gearing up to manufacture arms. Magnesium was a critical component for munitions and airplane parts. In 1941, the government officials established a major magnesium-processing plant at Henderson. Six years later with the war at an end, the plant closed and many of the 14,000 workers left the area.
But again, some workers remained and fought to keep the town alive. This pioneering spirit led to the official founding of Henderson as a city in 1953, with a population of 7,000.
Since then, the city fathers have worked hard to bring industry and commercial ventures to the area and build a safe, solid community for those who live and work here. Henderson's stability has helped it absorb much of the tremendous growth in the Las Vegas Valley in recent decades, growing its population to more than 270,000 people.
Cadence aims to provide the city with a new vibrancy by redeeming a piece of its past. Paying respect to those who labored here during World War II, this new community will reclaim ground from Henderson's industrial heritage. State-of-the-art technology will bring new life to land that has been vacant for years, using stringent environmental standards that are aimed at restoring its pristine character. As it adds 30,000 residents over a 20-year period, Cadence will deliver on the promise of new possibilities.
Cadence is a pioneering project that is committed to honoring the spirit that founded Henderson. It will create a distinctive new place in harmony with the independent spirit that has always been a part of life here.
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