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!
The second annual contest will resume again this year for the months of May, June, July, August and September. Judges will pick one home each month to be the winner of a $25 visa card, a sign in your yard, and a photo in the garden section of the Voice News.Cortland Fest
Come show your Patriotic support of the red, white and blue! Our theme this year is "Our All American Town." The annual all day community festival will be held on Saturday, June 28. Some activities planned are the Antique Tractor Show and Contest, car show and shine, kids activities, musical entertainment, "Uncle Sam" campaign show, food vendors, Little Tuggers, horse-drawn trolley rides, a parade, and a spectacular fireworks show at the end of the day. Parade entry forms will be at the post office. Watch for more information posted on our "CIA" bulletin board in the post office.Parade Entry Form (pdf)