Edition:
United States
Pictures | Wed May 4, 2011 | 12:15pm EDT

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

Close
1 / 20
<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

Close
2 / 20
<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

Close
3 / 20
<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

Close
4 / 20
<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

Close
5 / 20
<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

Close
6 / 20
<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

Close
7 / 20
<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

Close
8 / 20
<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

Close
9 / 20
<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

Close
10 / 20
<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

Close
11 / 20
<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

Close
12 / 20
<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

Close
13 / 20
<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

Close
14 / 20
<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

Close
15 / 20
<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

Close
16 / 20
<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

Close
17 / 20
<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

Close
18 / 20
<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

Close
19 / 20
<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

Close
20 / 20

Next Slideshows

A world without Osama

Global reactions to the death of Osama bin Laden.

May 04 2011

Bin Laden's compound

The complex where Osama bin Laden was killed.

May 06 2011

Tech watch

A recent sampling of our best pictures from the world of science and technology.

May 03 2011

Animals around the world

A selection of our recent pictures from the animal kingdom.

May 03 2011

MORE IN PICTURES

Karl Lagerfeld's art of the runway

Karl Lagerfeld's art of the runway

Some of the grandiose runway concepts orchestrated by Chanel's late creative director Karl Lagerfeld.

Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival

Floating lanterns and fireworks mark the end of Lunar New Year festivities across Asia.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

Backstage and collection highlights from London.

Meghan's royal pregnancy

Meghan's royal pregnancy

The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry in the spring, is in New York City reportedly for a baby shower.

Jewish graves desecrated in France

Jewish graves desecrated in France

Vandals defaced around 90 graves in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans shortly before planned marches nationwide against a surge in anti-Semitic attacks.

Crossing the Rio Grande

Crossing the Rio Grande

Migrants cross the Rio Grande on their way north to the United States, as President Donald Trump invokes emergency powers to help build the border wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise.

Honoring Buddha and his teachings

Honoring Buddha and his teachings

Buddhists monks across Southeast Asia celebrate Buddha and his teachings on Makha Bucha Day.

Karl Lagerfeld: 1933 - 2019

Karl Lagerfeld: 1933 - 2019

The artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the global fashion industry for over half a century has died at age 85.

Battle for Islamic State's last enclave

Battle for Islamic State's last enclave

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast