Boulder City was founded in 1931, and was built to house the workers responsible for the Hoover Dam construction project. Because alcohol sales and all forms of gambling were illegal (the latter is still true), Boulder City’s proximity to Sin City gave its residents a reason to contribute to the growth of the Las Vegas economy.
While alcohol sales in the city are no longer illegal, Boulder City still remains a relatively dry location; you may receive fines for drinking in public. Gambling, however, is still illegal, and although the Hacienda Hotel and Casino has a Boulder City address, it resides on private land within the boundaries of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and is not actually within the city limits.
From Boulder City, you barely realize how close you actually are to Las Vegas. In truth, it feels like an entirely different world. Hidden from the Las Vegas skyline by the Henderson mountains, residents look upon Lake Mead. To further the contrast between the two cities, several ordinances are in place that limit the height of signs and buildings, and Boulder City maintains strict control of the city’s growth, limiting residential building permits to no more than 120 per year (which may be a single-family or condo dwelling). Hotels can have no more than 35 rooms.