Monowi, Nebraska – The Only Town in United States with One Resident

They say that no man is an island but apparently, Elsie Eiler, 84, can prove that she can live alone.

She lives in Monowi, Nebraska, the only incorporated town in the United States with only one resident.

Since she is the only person in the town, she is obviously the town’s mayor, clerk, treasurer, librarian, bartender. According to Oddity Central, she organizes mayoral elections every year and then votes for herself.

She also produces a municipal road plan annually since it is a requirement in Federal law, pays $500 in taxes to keep the water and electricity turned on and not only that, she also do the paperwork to keep Monowi’s incorporated status and prevent it from becoming a ghost town.

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Speaking to BBC, Eiler said, “When I apply to the state for my liquor and tobacco licenses each year, they send them to the secretary of the village, which is me, so, I get them as the secretary, sign them as the clerk and give them to myself as the bar owner.”

Eiler grew up in Monowi wherein she was raised on a farm in the suburbs. She met her husband, Rudy in primary school. Eiler moved to Kansas City when her husband was enlisted in the US Air Force.

In 1971, the couple decided to reopen the tavern that was owned by Elier’s father; however, at that time, the town began to decline. After WWII the entire community began to disappear from the central part of the US.

From then on, the grocery shops, restaurants, prison, post office, and the school shut down.


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Eiler and Rudy’s two children moved away to find work. Twenty years later, Rudy and Eiler comprised the entire population of Monowi until he passed away in 2004. Though she lives alone, she doesn’t feel lonely at all. She keeps herself busy by opening the tavern six days a week at 9:00 am and spends 12 hours serving her regulars.

She is also governing the only public library in town, Rudy’s library. It has a selection of over 5000 books and magazines.

In 14 years since Rudy’s *****, visitors come from all over the world to see the town. In fact, four guestbooks filled with signatures have already been filled. Meanwhile, Eiler has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.