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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Soon to Be Renamed 'Elsietown'

From The (London, U.K.) Observer:

Population 1: the town that's been reclaimed by the prairie

Sunday November 20, 2005
The Observer

The entire population of Monowi, Nebraska, is sitting in a bar. Her name is Elsie Eiler, 72.

Monowi, founded by Czech immigrants seeking a slice of the American dream, is on its last legs. Only Eiler is left, surrounded by the ruins of homes that once boasted families, neighbours and friends.

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Eiler's life as its mayor and sole resident is surreal. Once a year she raises taxes from herself to keep the four street lights on and a few other basic amenities going.

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