Town of Nefarious, Wyoming: pop.
"Come Sick, Leave Healthy"
At the turn of the 1900s, Nefarious had been a boom town. Seltzer Springs brought in wagons full of health seekers to use the springs, eat peculiar food, and spend money.
Alas, the Springs started to dry up along with the tourists. Around 1993, the population itself dwindled. Then one day, few boys were playing in the empty waterbed. They screamed in delight, ran back to the mayor, Ol' Doc Kinkaid, who confirmed their big find. He took to kids to his house and locked them in a closet. "I'll let you out when the city council men get here."
The council men came quickly as there had been little to do lately.
The boys told them and led them to the creek bed. "Look, Mr. Jenkins! Look!" And there it was: the bones of an immense prehistoric boa, 50 feet long with the circumference of 8 feet. Silence fell. There was more to be found as they walked along the dried stream lined with dinosaur bones.
The town without the gossipy kind threw muscle into renewal. Quilts were ordered from China, tags removed, with new tags added "Hand-sewn by Louisie May Smith". Rusty tools and blackmith shop restored. Jars and jars of jams, preserves, and candles were ordered. The labels were stripped off, and new ones put on: Mrs. Nefer's Homemade.... My...Oh, the work. Nefarious appeared to be frozen in the late 1800s.
The gossipy type were sent on a 21 day cruise to Hawaii in the Holland American vee Dam.
Finally, the paleontologists were summoned. Two wise men, then four, then more: all agreed that this was the biggest titanoba ever found, and joy overflowed as they walked down the creek bed.
A lackadaisical bearded old man was paid to sit in an old chair with his feet propped up on the sidewalk railing. Curious tourists with full shopping bags asked him how long had he been there.
Please forgive me if there is a town/city named Nefarious. I checked every where and this did not seem to be anywhere. If there is, I do beg for your forgiveness.