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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How Did Summerlin Get Its Name?

When I first visited Las Vegas over 12 years ago, I kept hearing about an area called “Summer Land” – or so I thought it was named. I assumed it referred to how it always felt like it was Summer in Vegas and appreciated the humor in it. After a few more visits, I learned that it was called “Summerlin”and thought it an interesting name that had a certain lilt to the sound of it, but having no idea of why it was named as such.

Then a few years later, I became a resident of the area and delved a little more into the history of the name. Many people who live here know that Howard Hughes (Jr.) owned lands in the area, but not how much or what he planned. He owned 25,000 acres of the North West Las Vegas area, and had planned on moving his aircraft company there. In addition, he wanted to develop a large master planned community there among several areas he dreamed of. But he passed away in 1976 before he could see this dream manifested.

His dream was not forgotten. In 1990, The Hughes Corporation followed through by developing the land as envisioned by Howard Hughes. In honor of his family, they named the community“Summerlin” after his grandmother – Jean Amelia Summerlin Hughes, who had lived from 1842 to 1928. Her children not only included Howard Hughes (Sr.), an inventor, but also an opera singer (Greta) and a screenwriter/novelist (Rupert). She was obviously a woman who encouraged creativity and education, which passed down through the generations. With one of her legacies being the vibrant community we call “Summerlin.”

- Shelly Durrell

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