Tilden, Nebraska

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Tilden is a city in Antelope and Madison Counties in the U.S. state of Nebraska. It is perhaps most notable for being the birthplace of L. Ron Hubbard in 1911 and famous baseball player and broadcaster Richie Ashburn in 1927. Tilden was incorporated as Burnett in 1885, but the U.S. Post Office officially changed the name of the village in 1887, after presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden, due to confusion with Bennet, Nebraska.[3] The population was 1,078 at the 2000 census.

The Madison County portion of Tilden is part of the Norfolk, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Tilden is located at 42°2′43″N 97°50′1″W / 42.04528°N 97.83361°W / 42.04528; -97.83361 (42.045297, -97.833599)[4]. The city is located mostly within Madison County with a portion of the city in Antelope County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.

Tilden was located on the Cowboy Line of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. The line was abandoned in 1992 and with it, the antique wigwag signal that protected the main crossing in town. The abandoned line has been converted to the Cowboy Trail, running 321 miles from Norfolk to Chadron; when complete, it will be the longest rails-to-trails line in the United States.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,078 people, 418 households, and 270 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,475.5 people per square mile (570.2/km²). There were 470 housing units at an average density of 643.3/sq mi (248.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.55% White, 0.09% African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 2.13% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.77% of the population.

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