My oldest sister Yemi happened upon the town of Monowi, Nebraska, purely by accident last month. The coolest thing about this town? It has a population of 1.
My sister, a geography professor in Omaha, was making her annual summer trek through the state to discover hidden gems. (She had just returned from Latin America and decided to cap off the summer with one last adventure before the start of school.)
As she tells it, she was actually on her way elsewhere. But she couldn't resist pulling over when she spied this sign. Her curiosity piqued, she went in search of the sole resident.
In Monowi, she met Elsie Eiler, 79, the town's only resident, who also runs this restaurant.
Turns out Elsie has quite the reputation and has been featured in numerous newspaper articles and on TV. (Case and point: click here.)
My sister chatted her up over a huge ribeye steak, salad and fries. During her visit, she was surprised plenty of people came in and out of the restaurant. (Elsie told my sister she was never lonely and had plenty of company who checked in on her.)
After getting to know Elsie a bit and her curiosity satisfied, my sister hugged her and bid her farewell.
"Sometimes the unplanned trips are the best," she said. Ditto.