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Basin City.

Basin City, almost universally referred to by the nickname "Sin City", is a fictional metropolis in the American west and the primary setting of the Sin City franchise.

Sin City comes from a "Welcome to Basin City" road sign with the "BA" covered in spray paint, so the sign reads "Welcome to Sin City."


Basin city

View of Sin City from above.

During the California Gold Rush, the Roark family "imported" a large number of attractive European women to keep the miners happy, making a fortune and turning a struggling mining camp into a thriving, bustling city. Over the years, as the Roark family migrated into other areas of business and power, these women ended up forming the district of Old Town, the prostitute quarter of the city where they rule with absolute authority. In addition, the people charged with governing the city, most of them from the Roark line, remained in power for generations, running it as they saw fit.

Having become a watering hole for the criminal element in the deep West, partially due to the growth of Old Town, decades later it evolved into a gritty metropolis of scum and villainy, complete with corrupt police force and multiple types of organized crime.

Description, Society and Culture[]

As the name suggests, much of the city is situated in a large basin approximately 700 ft. deep, according to a road sign. The climate is hot and arid, although Sacred Oaks is characterized as being heavily wooded. A major river runs through the city, which has an extensive waterfront. Usually twice a year, a major downpour comes, and the city gets heavy snowfall in the winter. Basin City has a surreal, Pan-American feel with desert lizards and palm trees common, while tar pits, desert areas, mountain ranges, woods and flat farmland make up the landscape around the city.

Basin City

Basin City.


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Sin City
Films Sin City - Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Main Characters Miho - Dwight McCarthy - Gail - Marv - Ava Lord - Wendy - Goldie - Johnny - John Hartigan - Nancy Callahan - Bob - Mort - Marcie - Sally - Joey Canelli - Becky - The Colonel - Customer - Lucille - Manute - Shellie - Senator Roark - Wallenquist - Dallas - Delia - Wallace
Groups Girls of Old Town - Basin City Police Department - Roark family - Irish mercenaries - Magliozzi Family - The Bikers - Wallenquist Organization
Locations Basin City - Old Town - Sacred Oaks - The Projects - The Pits - Kadie's - The Docks - Mimi's - Farm
Music Sin City (soundtrack) - Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (soundtrack)
Comics The Hard Goodbye - A Dame To Kill For - The Babe Wore Red and Other Stories - The Big Fat Kill - Silent Night - That Yellow Bastard - Daddy's Little Girl - Lost, Lonely & Lethal - Sex & Violence - Just Another Saturday Night - Family Values - Booze, Broads, & Bullets - Hell And Back
Short Stories And Behind Door Number Three? - The Customer is Always Right - The Babe Wore Red - Fat Man and Little Boy - Blue Eyes - Rats - Wrong Turn - Wrong Track
Original Yarns The Long Bad Night - Nancy's Last Dance
Important Articles Chronology - Fan Art - Sin City - Sin City Comics to Film Differences - The Truce - Yarns