The city was created by the federal government in the early 1930’s to house the management and construction workers who built and later operated the dam, and the city remained under federal jurisdiction until 1959. Much information about the dam’s creation and the city’s history can be obtained through various media sources such as books, the internet and documentaries on cable television, as well as at the dam itself and the local Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum.
In 1983, the Boulder City Historic District, consisting of several hundred homes and buildings, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A copy of the nomination to the National Register can be found on our Preservation Documents page.
The City’s municipal code presently has a zoning ordinance chapter titled "Historic Resources" in Title 11, Chapter 27 that details the activities of the City’s Historic Preservation Committee. In addition to working on the creation of exterior design guidelines for various historic buildings in the City, the committee is active with regard to promoting and educating the community with regard to the city’s historic resources.
The Certified Local Government (CLG) Program is a preservation partnership between local, state and national governments focused on promoting historic preservation. The program is jointly administered by the National Park Service (NPS) and the State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) in each state. Each community works through a certification process to become a CLG as well as providing a detailed annual report on preservation activities. Communities participating in the CLG program benefit from informational and financial resources. In addition to the benefits, being a CLG shows a community’s commitment to historic preservation efforts.
Boulder City became a CLG in August 2019. The City is working towards funding projects like updating the 1983 Boulder City Historic District National Register survey of properties in the Historic District and preparing a Historic Preservation Plan.
For more information on the CLG program, please visit Nevada SHPO