What word do I use when I want to say that something is the last thing that shows that something existed?

Exact Scenario: There is a rod that extends from an electric pole, that was once there for trams.


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One word is trace. The Oxford Dictionary has

1A mark, object, or other indication of the existence or passing of something.

with an example

the aircraft disappeared without trace

So one could say, perhaps,

The last trace of Mr Miller was a pile of clothes on the beach.

The last trace that remained of the crime was a bloodstain on the floor.

Edit: following detail added to the question.

The last trace that a tramway once existed is a rod that extends from an electric pole.


Another option would be vestige defined as

a small part of something that still exists after the rest of it has stopped existing

By the Oxford Learners dictionary

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/vestige Use as in 'last vestige'

Remnant is also a possibility, oxford dictionaries giving it the description

a part or quantity that is left after the greater part has been used, removed, or destroyed


  • This was my choice too. It seems to even contain in itself the idea of being at the end. One could smell a trace of the aroma of a person both after they have left and when they haven't arrived yet. A vestige seems to fit only at the end. So, the word last is not needed.
    – mama
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 20:20
  • +1 for including remnant, which is what I thought of. Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 20:06

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