Get To Know Atlantic City — In Wyoming [VIDEO]
There are at least two cities in the United States named Atlantic City -- the one that's right here at the Jersey Shore and then there's another that's home to the same number of people typically found in a casino buffet waiting line on a quiet day.
Atlantic City, Wyoming, is almost 2,100 miles west of Atlantic City, NJ, located just off of State Route 28 and U.S 287 in the center of the Equality State. Atlantic City, WY, is home to anywhere from 40 to 60 people -- that's about the same number of people you'll find waiting for all-you-can-eat crab legs at a casino buffet in the middle of the week here.
Atlantic City, WY, was THE place to be -- in the 1860s -- as gold rush fever was sweeping that part of the country. Today, the town has a restaurant (as in one restaurant) and a store (as in one store) and attracts a small number of people during the summer.
So, how did a town in the middle of Wyoming get the name Atlantic City? The most plausible theory, according to an article in njbiz.com, says the town got its name because it sits just east of the Continental Divide, where everything flows to the Atlantic Ocean.
And, if you watch this short video (don't blink or you'll miss the town), it appears the main road through Atlantic City, WY, is smoother than Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ. Sorry, I had to go there.