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There was to be an emphasis on a clean-living environment for dam workers.
The plan submitted by De Boer in 1930 was formal and symmetrical with a park and the Bureau of Reclamation building at the termination of the two main axes.
The plan was deemed too expensive to carry out in its original form and was modified to allow for more regular block sizes.
The land upon which Boulder City was founded was a harsh, desert environment.
Its sole reason for existence was the need to house workers contracted to build the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River (known commonly as Boulder Dam from 1933 to 1947, when it was officially renamed Hoover Dam by a joint resolution of Congress).
Men hoping for work on the dam project had begun settling along the river in tents soon after the precise site for the dam had been chosen by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1930.
Their ramshackle edifices were collectively known as "Ragtown".
De Boer had been a planner for Denver, Colorado, and was to design many towns and suburbs around the Rocky Mountain region.
Boulder City was originally built in 1931 by the Bureau of Reclamation and Six Companies, Inc.as housing for workers who were building the Hoover Dam.