The Town With Population of One Woman


Monowi is a village in Nebraska, United States, whose only remaining resident is a 77-year old woman named Elsie Eiler. She lives in a mobile home a half-block from the only business left in Monowi, a dark, wood-paneled tavern.

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She also runs the town library, a tiny building jammed with 5,000 books left behind by her late husband who was a devoted reader, and is a mayor of Monowi.

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Monowi’s peak years were in the 1930s, when it had a population of 130. Monowi, like many other small communities in the Great Plains, lost its younger residents to cities that were experiencing growth and offering better jobs. During the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 2 –  only one married couple, Rudy and Elsie Eiler. Mr. Eiler died in 2004, leaving his wife Elsie Eiler as the only remaining resident.

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