Population: Elsie

With Elsie Eiler as its lone resident, Monowi, Neb., is the smallest municipality in the United States. That distinction has drawn dozens of journalists and television crews from all over the country to the northern Nebraska town in the last decade, each seeking, in one way or another, the spectacle of the one-woman town.

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This Bond Unbroken

This Bond Unbroken explores one of America’s largest internal migrations, a mid-20th century movement that saw three million people leave Appalachia between 1940 and 1970, and its lasting implications. Eastern Kentucky was acutely impacted in particular, losing nearly 35 percent of its population in the 1950s alone. The mass exodus, once known as the “Hillbilly Highway,” shaped and continues to shape part of the cultural identity of mountain residents.

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Smalltown Landscapes

John Tully spent his youth moving from town-to-town, with only a passing glance at what it might mean to be from there. That concept has been a repeating theme in his life as a journalist, one he closely examines in this thoughtful photo series and essay.

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Disappearing Breed

IN PROGRESS: In this preview, Allison Hess explores the historical and quickly-disappearing ranch land outside of ever-expanding Houston through the eyes of Frank Reznicek. He says he gets weekly calls from developers looking to buy his land. He knows it’s only a matter of time before his century-old ranch is swallowed up by encroaching suburbs.

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Nature at Work

In Nature at Work, Jon Augustine shares photos and experiences from his five years spent working on Ross Brockley’s farm in Lancaster County, Neb. Through Augustine’s direct iPhone photography and personal observations of Brockley’s worldview (and the lessons it might impart), the farm feels exceptionally singular and thoroughly significant.

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