Country United States
State Nebraska
Coordinates 42°49′44″N 98°19′45″W
Population 1 (as of January, 2004)

Monowi is a village in Boyd County, Nebraska, United States. The village is notable because according to the United States 2010 census, it has a population of just one person.[1] The only remaining resident of the village is Elsie Eiler.


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. 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.

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 News Sunday Morning on October 29, 2006, and again on August 12, 2007.

The town and its library were featured on an episode of Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, which aired April 12, 2011.

Geography Edit

Monowi is located at 42°49′44″N 98°19′45″W (42.828970, -98.329141).

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


  • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
  • Land 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
  • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
  • Elevation 1,329 ft (405 m)

Demographics Edit

As of the census 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 per square mile (7.4/km²).


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