|— Village —|
|Nickname(s): "The Biggest Loner"|
|• Total||0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)|
|• Land||0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,329 ft (405 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||1|
|• Density||4.8/sq mi (1.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0831379|
Monowi (pron.: // MON-o-wy) is an incorporated village in Boyd County, Nebraska, United States. The village is notable because, according to the 2010 census, it has a population of just one person, the only incorporated municipality in the United States with such a population. The only remaining resident of the village is a woman named Elsie Eiler.
Monowi's peak years were in the 1930s, when it had a population of 150. Like many other small communities in the Great Plains, it 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, lived there. Mr. Eiler died in 2004, leaving his wife as the only remaining resident. In this capacity, she acts as Mayor, granting herself a liquor license and paying taxes to herself. She is required to produce a municipal road plan every year in order to secure state funding for the village's four street lights.
Although the village is nearly abandoned, it does have the 5,000-volume Rudy's Library, founded in memory of Mr. Eiler and maintained by Mrs. Eiler. In addition, Mrs. Eiler runs a tavern in Monowi and draws regular customers from as far as 80 miles away. Elsie and "Rudy's Library" were shown on the Today show on May 31, 2005. (The library is now around three times as large as shown in the image, with over 740 books.
Elsie and the "Monowi Tavern" were featured on CBS Sunday Morning on October 29, 2006, and again on August 12, 2007.
Elsie, the village, the tavern, and library were featured on an episode of Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, where Larry announced on a radio show that he was having a hotdog roast that very day to help raise money for Elsie's village. Within an hour people began to arrive and over a thousand people showed up for the roast to help Elsie. It aired April 12 and May 7, 2011, on The History Channel.
Monowi is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2), all of it land. The village is located in the far eastern portion of Boyd County, in the northeastern region of Nebraska. It is located between the Niobrara River and the larger Missouri River. The nearest community to Monowi is Lynch, located approximately 6.92 miles (11.14 km) away. The village is located approximately 193.97 miles (312.16 km) from Omaha.(42.828970, -98.329141).
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Monowi, Nebraska|
- The Times: Introducing the mayor of Monowi: (population: 1)
- Los Angeles Times: Pop.: 1 Plus 5,000 Volumes
- Yahoo! News: Spirit of 5,000-book library enlivens ghostly hamlet of 1 (archive)
- The Sunday World-Herald: State's Smallest Town Holds Onto Status (written while Rudy Eiler was still alive)
- The Observer: Population 1: the town that's been reclaimed by the prairie