Henderson Quick Facts
A Traveler's Guide to Henderson
Henderson is the second largest city in the state of Nevada, behind Las Vegas. It is located in the extreme south of the state. The Mccullough Range is a mountain range nearby that gives Henderson a beautiful mountain backdrop.
The city of Henderson was originally settled as a mining town. Magnesium was in great need during World War 2 and a rich vein of magnesium was discovered near Henderson. Soon mining companies, workers, and shop keepers moved to the region and the area began to grow. This was in the 1940's while the US was in the throes of the war. After the war it was unclear whether or not the city would remain, because it was mainly created to harvest magnesium for the war effort. The city continued on and was finally incorporated in 1953. Even though the magnesium was no longer necessary, the Colorado River Commission of Nevada purchased the facilities and transformed Henderson into a thriving factory city again. Today most of Henderson's economy depends on its location near Las Vegas. There are many hotels and casinos in Henderson itself. Many residents who come to Las Vegas find the hotel prices cheaper in Henderson and will stay there rather than in downtown Las Vegas. It's proximity to McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas' main airport, helps it attract visitors as well.
The weather in Henderson is very dry and hot in the summers. The July temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit and winter temperatures in January rarely dip below the 40's Fahrenheit. Precipitation is scarce in Henderson, with most of the rain coming in the months of January through March.
Several colleges and universities can be found in Henderson. Nevada State College and the University of Southern Nevada are two of the most widely known. Touro University Nevada also has a campus location in Henderson as does ITT Technical Institute.
Some popular spots in town for visitors to see are the Lamborghini showroom, Lake Las Vegas, Black Mountain Recreation Center, Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino, and the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory.
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