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Monowi, Nebraska, Population: 1

<p>The sign at the town limits outside the village of Monowi, Nebraska shows the population as just one person, April 27, 2011, making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. Elsie Eiler, 77, is the lone inhabitant in the village. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

The sign at the town limits outside the village of Monowi, Nebraska shows the population as just one person, April 27, 2011, making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. Elsie Eiler, 77, is the...more

The sign at the town limits outside the village of Monowi, Nebraska shows the population as just one person, April 27, 2011, making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. Elsie Eiler, 77, is the lone inhabitant in the village. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Elsie Eiler walks past an abandoned building that was once a general store slowly decaying in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 residents but after the railroad left it began to decline. Now down to a population of just one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident. The general store closed when World War II started and the owner moved out of town to serve on the draft board. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Elsie Eiler walks past an abandoned building that was once a general store slowly decaying in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 residents but after the railroad left it began to decline. Now down to a...more

Elsie Eiler walks past an abandoned building that was once a general store slowly decaying in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 residents but after the railroad left it began to decline. Now down to a population of just one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident. The general store closed when World War II started and the owner moved out of town to serve on the draft board. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Abandoned Louisa Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation April 28, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Abandoned Louisa Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Abandoned Louisa Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Elsie Eiler (C) talks with neighbors and friends in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 27, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Elsie Eiler (C) talks with neighbors and friends in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Elsie Eiler (C) talks with neighbors and friends in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>The Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska stands abandoned April 28, 2011. Over 100 years old, the last event at the church was the funeral of the father of the town's one resident in 1960. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

The Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska stands abandoned April 28, 2011. Over 100 years old, the last event at the church was the funeral of the father of the town's one resident in 1960. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska stands abandoned April 28, 2011. Over 100 years old, the last event at the church was the funeral of the father of the town's one resident in 1960. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Elsie Eiler talks to a visitor in the 5,000 book library as she looks through old newspapers in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Elsie Eiler talks to a visitor in the 5,000 book library as she looks through old newspapers in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Elsie Eiler talks to a visitor in the 5,000 book library as she looks through old newspapers in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegatation in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegatation in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegatation in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Elsie Eiler poses with the sign outside the 5,000 book library in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. The library was the dream of her late husband Rudy, a devoted reader. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Elsie Eiler poses with the sign outside the 5,000 book library in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. The library was the dream of her late husband Rudy, a devoted reader. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Elsie Eiler poses with the sign outside the 5,000 book library in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. The library was the dream of her late husband Rudy, a devoted reader. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Butte Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Butte Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Butte Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>The sign at the bar in the village of Monowi, Nebraska claims to have the coldest beer in town - true since its the only bar in town April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

The sign at the bar in the village of Monowi, Nebraska claims to have the coldest beer in town - true since its the only bar in town April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The sign at the bar in the village of Monowi, Nebraska claims to have the coldest beer in town - true since its the only bar in town April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>An abandoned basketball backboard and net rust in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

An abandoned basketball backboard and net rust in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

An abandoned basketball backboard and net rust in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>An abandoned lawnmover is overgrown with grass in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

An abandoned lawnmover is overgrown with grass in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

An abandoned lawnmover is overgrown with grass in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Two pairs of farmer's overalls decay as they hang on the wall of an abandoned home collapasing on itself in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Two pairs of farmer's overalls decay as they hang on the wall of an abandoned home collapasing on itself in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Two pairs of farmer's overalls decay as they hang on the wall of an abandoned home collapasing on itself in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>An abandoned children's swing set rusts in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

An abandoned children's swing set rusts in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

An abandoned children's swing set rusts in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>An abandoned building that was once a general store and a bar displays ranch brands from area farms in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

An abandoned building that was once a general store and a bar displays ranch brands from area farms in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

An abandoned building that was once a general store and a bar displays ranch brands from area farms in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Old signs advertising cigarettes next to a new sign reading "no smoking" are seen at entrance to the tavern in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 27, 2011. Elsie Eiler, who runs the tavern, is the sole person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just one resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Old signs advertising cigarettes next to a new sign reading "no smoking" are seen at entrance to the tavern in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 27, 2011. Elsie Eiler, who runs the tavern, is the sole person living in Monowi making it the only...more

Old signs advertising cigarettes next to a new sign reading "no smoking" are seen at entrance to the tavern in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 27, 2011. Elsie Eiler, who runs the tavern, is the sole person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just one resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Sunshine streams in through holes in the roof as an abandoned home collapses on itself in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Sunshine streams in through holes in the roof as an abandoned home collapses on itself in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Sunshine streams in through holes in the roof as an abandoned home collapses on itself in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>A 1908 photo of the village of Monowi, Nebraska is seen April 28, 2011. The town now has only a half dozen structures still standing and most of them are collapsing.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

A 1908 photo of the village of Monowi, Nebraska is seen April 28, 2011. The town now has only a half dozen structures still standing and most of them are collapsing. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A 1908 photo of the village of Monowi, Nebraska is seen April 28, 2011. The town now has only a half dozen structures still standing and most of them are collapsing. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Elsie Eiler poses for a portrait in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Elsie Eiler poses for a portrait in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Elsie Eiler poses for a portrait in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Elsie Eiler's license plate marks her as the only resident in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Elsie Eiler's license plate marks her as the only resident in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Elsie Eiler's license plate marks her as the only resident in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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