Monowi, Nebraska

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Monowi is a village in Boyd County, Nebraska, United States. 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 Elsie Eiler as the only remaining resident. According to the United States Census Bureau, only 4 places in the United States had a population of one person in 2000: Erving's Location, New Hampshire; New Amsterdam, Indiana; Hibberts Gore, Maine; and Lost Springs, Wyoming.



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.

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.

Elsie and the "Monowi Tavern" were featured on CBS Sunday Morning on October 29, 2006, and again on August 12, 2007.


Monowi is located at 42°49′44″N 98°19′45″W / 42.82889°N 98.32917°W / 42.82889; -98.32917 (42.828970, -98.329141).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there was one married couple living in the village. Both were white and above 65, and their median age was 67 years. Their household income was $11,250, or $6,167 per capita. The population density was 9.4 people per square mile (3.7/km²). There were 4 housing units at an average density of 18.8/sq mi (7.4/km²).

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