The Village of Sutherland is proud of its traditional American values – family, work, church, school and community have provided a strong fabric for the community ever since its founding in 1891. Sutherland citizens are very community oriented, and dedicated to church, school and civic organizations. In 1972, residents voted to keep Sutherland a village, even though it had grown large enough to be considered a second-class city, because of the strong ties that bind the village together. Currently, Sutherland has a population of 1,286.
Sutherland provides a lot to do! From shopping to trap shooting and hunting, there is rich entertainment in the town. As one of the stops in the historical Oregon, Mormon and California Trails as well as the Pony Express and a gateway to the Nebraska Sandhills, Sutherland offers opportunities for great educational tours.
Make sure to visit the Sutherland Reservoir and Golf Course, both town favorites, for hours of family-friendly fun.
HISTORIC AND CULTURAL SITES
Mormon Trail Ruts – located five miles north of Sutherland on Prairie Trace Road
Oregon Trail Ruts – located south of Sutherland on the eastbound rest area of I-80
Historic State Aid Bridge – located five miles north of Sutherland on Prairie Trace Road, the Sutherland State Aid Bridge is historically significant as a regionally important crossing of the North Platte River along the state’s heavily settled Platte River corridor. This remarkable structure is technologically significant as the best example in Nebraska of concrete arch construction. Of the 17 multiple-span concrete arch bridges built under the state aid program in the 1910s and 1920s, all but the Sutherland Bridge have been destroyed or substantially altered, leaving this structure as the sole intact example of this important construction trend. The Missouri River bridges aside, the Sutherland State Aid Bridge is the most important vehicular span in Nebraska.
Historic Service Stations – Sutherland boasts three examples of “house” gas stations popular in the 1920’s. There is one on the corner of First and Maple Streets, a second on the corner of First and Oak Streets, and one on the west edge of town near the junction of Highway 30 and West County Road.
Public Art – There are three public murals in Sutherland, two on Walnut Street just north of First Street. On the east a large mural on the side of the Longhorn Bar building depicts early life in Sutherland. On the west adjacent to the Post Office is a mural painted by school children commemorating early pioneer life. On west Highway 30 a large mural commemorates the Lincoln Highway. There are recreated historic billboards at Ozzie’s General Store and Sportsman’s Cove Bait and Liquor store commemorating the Lincoln Highway.
There are several beaches on the Sutherland Reservoir which are well used by swimmers and sun bathers in the summer months. Motorized craft are welcome on the lake. There are boat ramps located at both the inlet and outlet. Fish in the lake include channel catfish, rainbow trout, striped bass, walleye, white bass, and yellow perch. A handicapped fishing area is located near the canal inlet. The average depth of the lake is 25 feet with certain spots reaching to 60 feet. Ice fisherman venturing out on the lake in the winter months need to be especially careful. Heated water discharged from the hydroelectric power plant can cause thin ice areas.
Bird watchers will be thrilled with the number of wintering American Bald Eagles that use Sutherland Reservoir as a feeding area. NPPD maintains a protection program for the eagles. A wide variety of waterfowl including geese, ducks, white pelicans, gulls, great blue herons and numerous shore birds are attracted to the reservoir’s open water and surrounding fertile croplands.
Flat Rock Riders OHV (off-highway vehicle) Park – located near the Sutherland Reservoir, two miles south of Sutherland on Highway 25. This 30-acre off-roading area is owned by the Nebraska Public Power District and maintained by the Flat Rock Riders Association. Though the area is small, it offers motocross-style tracks.
Sutherland Reservoir, One mile south on Highway 25, 308-386-4653
“Bare-bones” camping available at both the Inlet and Outlet and various sites around the north shore of the lake. Full hookups available at the Oregon Trail Golf Course and Campground.
Features: Fireplaces, fishing, water and restrooms
Oregon Trail Mobile Estates, 31599 W. Park Road, 308-386-4379
Park Motel 1110 First Street, 308-386-4384
19 rooms features: Cable TV, room phones
Ozzie’s, a convenience store with a fast-food menu. 221 First Street, 308-386-2252.
Ozzie’s I-80, located at the I-80 Highway 25 exit, features Godfather’s Pizza for dine-in or carry-out. 308-386-2288 or 308-386-2583.
Sno-A-White drive-in first opened in 1951. It is open from early spring through fall and now has a dining area in addition to walk-up windows. 308-386-2459.
Maline’s Super Foods has a deli serving hot meals at lunch. 100 South West County Road, 308-386-4757.
Hi-Line Coop fixes breakfast sandwiches, and deli sandwiches for lunch. 1000 First Street, 308-386-4402.