Holdrege is located in Phelps County (of which it is the county seat), southwest of Hastings, between Funk and Arapahoe along US Hwy 34.
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 5,918, an increase of 247 since 1990.
Founded in 1883 and named for George W. Holdrege, the general superintendent of the B&MR Railroad. It was incorporated in 1884.
There were no trees in Holdrege when the Sweedish came in the 1880s. The Swedes, recalling wooded hills of Scandinavia, found the barren prairie land strange and windswept. They promptely planted trees and set them in straight rows. That pattern of straightness leaves its imprint on Holdrege today. Holdrege was incorporated as a village on February 14, 1884.
Today, Holdrege has recreational facilities for many activities, including golf, swimming, tennis, hunting, fishing, skating, bowling, theatre-going, boating, and canoeing.