Welcome to America’s Most Famous Small Town

Set amidst brick-lined streets, charming homes, historic buildings, and the immense beauty of the prairie, Red Cloud offers a glimpse into a storied American past while maintaining a progressive vision for the future. Willa Cather’s prairie novels introduced the world to the community and have left indelible impressions in the minds of her readers. Yet rich literary history is only one part of this unique town’s present-day draw. Your off-the-beaten path adventure will let you explore a rural lifestyle while also immersing yourself in arts, culture, history, and recreational pursuits.


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Red Cloud Heritage Tourism Development

Community News

June 4, 2017

Article written by Matthew Hansen of the Omaha World-Herald 

RED CLOUD, Neb. — A first lady came to Willa Cather’s hometown Saturday and officially opened a $7 million center...READ MORE...

June 22, 2017

Article written by Matthew Hansen of the Omaha World Herald 

RED CLOUD, Neb. — As a first lady speaks to a packed house in my hometown, as she praises Red Cloud’s most famous...READ MORE...

June 22, 2017

Article written by the Nebraska Community Foundation and published in the Omaha World-Herald 

Earlier this month, former First Lady Laura Bush spoke at the dedication of the...READ MORE...



August 04, 2017 to August 06, 2017

Red Cloud's annual celebration features a variety of family friendly events and fun activities for everyone. This year's theme is "Happy 150th Nebraska" and we are an official event of the Nebraska 150 Celebration.

Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium Gallery
June 13, 2017 to July 27, 2017
“Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet.” 
                                        ----Willa Cather

Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
June 13, 2017 to July 31, 2017

Western Wonderlands: The Burlington Railroad in the American West This curated exhibit by the Willa Cather Foundation highlights the ways that railroads—and especially the Burlington—have changed the culture of the American West. Land posters, excursion advertising, depictions of immigrant labor and African-American porter culture, and even memorabilia collections reflect the lasting influence of railroads on the lands and people of the West.

Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium
July 21, 2017

A Neil Diamond Tribute is a Broadway style Branson production, in which Diamond look/sound alike, Keith Allynn, unveils the story of Diamond's life and career through his own songs from the 60's through today while weaving his own comical career journey from Elvis tribute artist to Neil Diamond, all for the love of a woman.  Quick change magic, a unique salute to our veterans, and all Diamond's top hits make this a must see for audiences of all ages.