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About Henderson, NV

The history of Henderson, Nevada is tied forever to the history of the Second World War. In the 1940’s, as the war began after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the United States Army went to work setting up an industrial apparatus across the nation to further various wartime projects. Among those projects was the mass production of the recently discovered “miracle metal” magnesium that, when separated from its ore, allowed it be incredibly useful in the casing of incendiary munitions used in air bombings, as well a modern marvel when alloyed with aluminum to create the parts for the engines and frames of the airplanes that proved crucial in American victories in both the European and Pacific campaigns.

Almost a quarter of the magnesium used in the war effort came from the Henderson plant alone...

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