After confirming that Sweetwater was founded by Russian circus midgets, I thought it advisable to look into other incorporation stories. As it turns out, some are quite interesting. The City of West Miami defiantly came into existence as a reaction to the County’s decision to ban gambling and restrict bar operating hours. West Miami’s residents incorporated the city in 1949 to keep their bars open till the wee hours of the morning and gamble away as they pleased. Too bad it didn’t work out in the long run.