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You’ll Never Believe How Tiny This Nebraska Town Is

If you think you came from a small town, prepare to be outdone. One town in Nebraska lays claim to a kind of kooky title: Monowi, in Boyd County, is the smallest incorporated town in the U.S.


Thanks to its size and its seemingly tireless sole resident, Monowi has been featured on television and in print many times. When asked if she will leave Monowi to live in a larger community, she always answers that Monowi is her home, and this is where she wants to be.

Not too far from Monowi is Gross, a town with a population of just two. The entire area has become less and less attractive to younger people who have moved on to larger places with more jobs. One day, these little pockets of good old Nebraskan resolve will probably be completely empty. But for now, Elsie is ready to cook you a hamburger, serve you a cold beer, and sit to chat while you eat.

Delana
Delana is a writer and editor who has lived in Nebraska for most of her life.