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Dwight, at The Pits.

The Pits (officially the "Santa Yolanda Tar Pits") is a location outside Basin City that was first featured prominently in The Big Fat Kill and then numerous times after that.

A recently discovered series of tar pits, the Basin City government saw it as a way to capitalize on tourism and turned it into a park. After the release of a 'big budget dinosaur movie' (a probable reference to Jurassic Park) revived interest in dinosaurs and fossils, the Basin City government spent thousands of dollars rigging up impressive dinosaur statues. This proved to be successful until an elderly woman fell into a pit and had a heart attack from panic. The negative publicity shut down the Pits for good.

Criminal Dumping Grounds

The Pits' commercial failure didn't stop Sin City's criminal element from finding a new use for them. Soon, it became the go-to place for dumping dead bodies, from Dwight McCarthy trying to hide the evidence of Jackie-Boy's death (The Big Fat Kill) to petite assassin Delia, who used it as a place to seduce her first official victim (Wrong Turn).


  • The Pits are obviously inspired by real-life locations such as the La Brea Tar Pits.
  • Frank Miller has admitted the main reason the Pits exist is as an excuse to draw the dinosaurs.


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
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