6. Bodie, California
In 1859 a bunch of whirly-eyed, white-bearded prospectors headed east of the Sierra Nevadas in search of some serious gold. Because of obvious facts, Bodie exploded with a population boom that saw 7,000 people, as well as actual townie stuff like churches, brothels, and bars (more than 65), move in. Picture shootouts, brawls, stagecoach holdups, and an incredulous outtake on Pace Picante salsa, until everyone moved away.