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 24 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., our annual Halloween event will be held with kids' activities at the Community Center. There will be treats for everyone, including meatballs and chips. Our spooky attraction this year will be the "Train of Terror." Costumes are encouraged to be worn by all, both kids and adults. Come join us if you dare!

American Legion Veterans Day Fundraiser Dinner

The Cortland American Legion Post 253 will hold their annual fundraiser dinner on Sunday, November 8 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 desserts. Come and enjoy a wonderful dinner with us. We appreciate everyone's support of our local organization.

Santa Claus

Santa will be arriving at the Cortland Community Center on Saturday, December 19 at 9:00 a.m. and will be staying until 11:00 a.m. There will be activities for the kids and cookies and refreshments for everyone. A goody bag will be given to each child who comes to see Santa. So all of you out there be good and we'll be seeing you. Ho! Ho! Ho!

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