View image of In the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, a politically connected mastermind named Nucky Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi) runs 1920s Atlantic City with an iron fist. In reality, Atlantic City was the fiefdom of Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, a Republican party boss who held uncontested control from 1911 to 1941. In 1912, Nuckyâs beloved wife, Mabel, died, and Johnson -- who previously never touched booze -- became a dedicated drinker. (Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) (Credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
The New Jersey city infamously run by bootleggers in the 1920s was also a lively beach town, home to the first Miss America Pageant and inspiration for the game Monopoly.