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Monowi Nebraska
Year:  2017
Running Time:  80 minutes
Country:  Germany
Language:  English
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Tiburon Library [1501 Tiburon Boulevard]
Cast:  Elsie Eiler
Showtime:   Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 06:30 PM
Director:  Lilo Mangelsdorff

Description:
  [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]

Monowi, Nebraska's smallest, is an incorporated town and Elsie Eiler is the only inhabitant in this one woman town, running her world-famous tavern......and a public library of books.

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About Monowi Nebraska:

Monowi is an incorporated village in Boyd County, Nebraska, United States. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 1. It is the only incorporated municipality in the United States with such a population. According to tradition, the name Monowi means "flower" in an unidentified Native American language.

Monowi was platted in 1902 when the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad was extended to that point. A post office was established in Monowi in 1902, and remained in operation until 1967. Monowi's peak years were in the 1930s, when it had a population of 150. Like many other small communities in the Great Plains, it 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 two; only one married couple, Rudy and Elsie Eiler, lived there.

Rudy died in 2004, leaving his wife as the only remaining resident. In this capacity, she acts as Mayor, granting herself a liquor license and paying taxes to herself. She is required to produce a municipal road plan every year in order to secure state funding for the village's four street lights. Although the village is almost abandoned, it does have a bar called the Monowi Tavern, operated by Elsie Eiler for passing trade. In addition, Elsie maintains the 5,000-volume Rudy's Library, founded in memory of her late husband Rudy Eiler.



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