Welcome to Cortland

Cortland, Nebraska is a small home-town community located mid-way between Lincoln & Beatrice on Highway 77 in Gage County. It was founded in 1883 and with the completion of the railroad line from Lincoln to Beatrice, it boomed to its peak population of 600 residents in one season. The surrounding countryside had been settled for many years by farmers which also gave Cortland splendid business from the start.

The community presently has a population of 482. There are over 40 businesses, a volunteer fire department and rescue unit, post office, a museum, churches, daycares, housing developments, and several organizations. There is also a community center, park, and ball park, as well as the Homestead Trail, which runs directly through town.

There are many great activities hosted in town throughout the year, including: Cortland Fest, the Easter Egg hunt, Santa Claus, Spookfest, and Garage Sales. These events are sponsored by the Cortland Improvement Association. Please take a moment to browse through our new site. Thanks for visiting!

Upcoming Events:


On Saturday evening, October 22 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., our annual Halloween event will be held with kids' games and activities at the Cortland Community Center. There will be treats and eats for everyone to enjoy. Our spooky attraction this year will be "Boot Hill" featuring a western ghost town which will include a mortuary and a funeral train ride through a cemetery. Costumes are encouraged to be worn by all. Come join us for a rootin'-tootin' Old West event.

American Legion Veterans Day Fundraiser Event

The Cortland American Legion Post 253 will hold their annual fundraiser dinner on Sunday, November 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Cortland Community Center. The menu will be a turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings - plus drinks and dessert. Adults: $12.00; Children ages 5-12: $5; Children 4 and under are free. Come and join us for a wonderful Thanksgiving-like dinner. You won't go away hungry!! We appreciate your support of our local organization.

Santa Claus

Come see Santa and experience a Renaissance Christmas! Santa will arrive at the Cortland Community Center on Saturday, December 17 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Santa will have goody bags for the kids and cookies and refreshments will be available for everyone. In the gym will be a variety of demonstrations and activities to help Cortland understand how Christmas was celebrated prior to the advent of Norman Rockwell's famous paintings and The Night Before Christmas poem. So all you kids be good now and we'll be seeing you soon!

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