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America's One Woman Town - 04 May 2011
America's One Woman Town - 04 May 2011
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May 04, 2011
The sign at the town limits outside the village of Monowi, Nebraska shows the population as just one...
MONOWI, UNITED STATES
The sign at the town limits outside the village of Monowi, Nebraska shows the population at only one
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 (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Elsie Eiler poses with the town population sign outside of the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28,...
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Elsie Eiler poses with the town population sign outside of the village of Monowi
Elsie Eiler poses with the town population sign outside of the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011 with the abandoned town grain elevator in the background. Eiler is the person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Elsie Eiler poses for a portrait in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28,...
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Elsie Eiler poses for a portrait in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi
Elsie Eiler poses for a portrait in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. Eiler is the person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Elsie Eiler's license plate marks her as the only resident in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28,...
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Elsie Eiler's license plate marks her as the only resident in the village of Monowi
Elsie Eiler's license plate marks her as the only resident in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. Eiler is the person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
A souvenir hat for sale in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011 marks its status as having...
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A souvenir hat for sale in the village of Monowi
A souvenir hat for sale in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011 marks its status as having one resident. Elsie Eiler is the one person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only a single resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
A 1908 photo of the village of Monowi, Nebraska is seen April 28, 2011. The town now has only a half...
MONOWI, UNITED STATES
A 1908 photo of the village of Monowi
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. Monowi is down to only one resident making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Abandoned Louisa Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation April 28, 2011....
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Abandoned Louisa Street in Monowi
Abandoned Louisa Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation 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. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegatation in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. At its peak...
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A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegatation in Monowi
A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegatation 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 one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Elsie Eiler walks past an abandoned building that was once a general store slowly decaying in Monowi,...
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Elsie Eiler walks past an abandoned building that was once a general store slowly decaying in Monowi
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 (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Elsie Eiler talks to a visitor in the 5,000 book library as she looks through old newspapers in the village...
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Elsie Eiler talks to a visitor in the 5,000 book library
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. Eiler is the person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. The library was the dream of her late husband Rudy a devoted reader. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Elsie Eiler poses with the sign outside the 5,000 book library in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April...
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Elsie Eiler poses with the sign outside the 5,000 book library in the village of Monowi
Elsie Eiler poses with the sign outside the 5,000 book library in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. Eiler is the person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. The library was the dream of her late husband Rudy a devoted reader. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Butte Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation April 28, 2011. At its peak...
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Butte Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation
Butte Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation 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. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegetation in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. At its peak...
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A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegetation in Monowi
A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegetation 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 one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
An abandoned basketball backboard and net rust in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April...
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An abandoned basketball backboard and net rust in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi
An abandoned basketball backboard and net rust in the yard of a decaying house 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. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
An abandoned lawnmover is overgrown with grass in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April...
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An abandoned lawnmover is overgrown with grass in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi
An abandoned lawnmover is overgrown with grass in the yard of a decaying house 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 its 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. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegatation in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. At its peak...
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A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegatation in Monowi
A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegatation 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 one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
An abandoned building that was once a general store and a bar slowly decays in Monowi, Nebraska April...
MONOWI, UNITED STATES
An abandoned building that was once a general store and a bar slowly decays in Monowi
An abandoned building that was once a general store and a bar slowly decays 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. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Two pairs of farmer's overalls decay as they hang on the wall of an abandoned home collapasing on itself...
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Two pairs of farmer's overalls decay as they hang on the wall of an abandoned home collapasing on itself...
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. 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. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Sunlight streams in through a hole in the roof of the Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska April 28,...
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Sunlight streams in through a hole in the roof of the Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska
Sunlight streams in through a hole in the roof of the Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska 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. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 people 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, Elsie Eiler, 77. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
An abandoned building that was once a general store leans into trees as it slowly decays in Monowi, Nebraska...
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An abandoned building that was once a general store leans into trees as it slowly decays in Monowi
An abandoned building that was once a general store leans into trees as it slowly decays in Monowi, Nebraska April 27, 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 (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Elsie Eiler (C) talks with neighbors and friends in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi, Nebraska...
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Elsie Eiler talks with neighbors and friends in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi
Elsie Eiler (C) talks with neighbors and friends in the tavern she runs in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 27, 2011. Eiler is the person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Old signs advertising cigarettes next to a new sign reading "no smoking" are seen at entrance to the...
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Old signs advertising cigarettes next to a new sign reading "no smoking" are seen at entrance to the...
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 (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
An abandoned building that was once a general store and a bar displays ranch brands from area farms in...
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An abandoned building that was once a general store and a bar displays ranch brands from area farms in...
An abandoned building that was once a general store and a bar displays ranch brands from area farms 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. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Louisa Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation April 28, 2011. At its peak...
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Louisa Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation
Louisa Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation 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. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
Sunshine streams in through holes in the roof as an abandoned home collapses on itself in Monowi, Nebraska...
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Sunshine streams in through holes in the roof as an abandoned home collapses on itself in Monowi
Sunshine streams in through holes in the roof as an abandoned home collapses on itself 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. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
The Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska stands abandoned April 28, 2011. Over 100 years old, the last...
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The Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska stands abandoned
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. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 people 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, Elsie Eiler, 77. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
An abandoned children's swing set rusts in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi, Nebraska April 28,...
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An abandoned children's swing set rusts in the yard of a decaying house in Monowi
An abandoned children's swing set rusts in the yard of a decaying house 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. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
The Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska stands abandoned April 28, 2011. Over 100 years old, the last...
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The Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska stands abandoned
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. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 people 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, Elsie Eiler, 77. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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May 04, 2011
The sign at the bar in the village of Monowi, Nebraska claims to have the coldest beer in town - true...
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The sign at the bar in the village of Monowi, Nebraska claims to have the coldest beer in town - true...
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. Elsie Eiler, who runs the bar, is the only person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just one resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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