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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Community News

March 24, 2017

The Valley Child Development Center held its Groundbreaking Ceremony on Friday, March 24th with an indoor ceremony at the Cherry Corner Estates. Around 100 people showed...READ MORE...

April 21, 2017

The Red Cloud High School Alumni Weekend will be held Friday, May 26th through Sunday, May 28th in Red Cloud. On the 26th, the Red Cloud Community Foundation Fund will host its Annual Banquet in...READ MORE...

April 21, 2017

Visit Red Cloud this summer and help us celebrate Nebraska's sesquicentennial--our state's 150th birthday--in style. On June 3rd, the Dedication of the National Willa Cather Center will be a...READ MORE...



Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium
April 29, 2017

Clark & Company is an Indie R&B band with mature melodies, fresh arrangements and a stirring signature style. The band's first album, "Three of Swords," with 13 original songs, was released in January 2014. One of the songs from this album, "Battle Cry," was named a finalist in the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards, in the Best Group/ Duo category.

Clark & Company has been an Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards Nominee for two years in a row: Best R&B/Soul (2014) and Best Blues (2015). All six Clark & Company members are students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium Gallery
May 01, 2017 to July 27, 2017
“Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet.” 
                                        ----Willa Cather

"Growing up in central Nebraska it was easy to get lost in the land and the stories it told.  With every thunderstorm that rumbles across the fields, to the wind that never stops blowing and scars everything it caresses I call this place home.  I have always been enamored by its emptiness and ferociousness.  I see ghosts working the land, hands stained black from rich soil.  Visions of black bonnets bobbing in the fields while monumental horses pull plows breaking lines of sod.  If only the isolated trees that sit in the middle of fields like guardians could tell their stories.
This body of work documents Catherland and the ideology of the Nebraska landscape.  Located in Red Cloud Nebraska, Catherland  is where the author Willa Cather grew up, and based several of her novels on, dealing with life on the prairie in the early 19th century.  My photographs evoke a sense of place, and remind us of the stories the great Willa Cather told about this magical land, and the people who tamed it."
                                        ----Shane Booth
Cherry Corner Estates & Cather Second Home Guest House
May 18, 2017

On May 18 the Willa Cather Book Club will meet to discuss House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday. 1969 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Fiction and set at World War 2’s conclusion, this novel picks up the story of Native Americans in the Southwest that we began with Laughing Boy and established Native American fiction in mainstream literature. There are two meeting times available; 4:00 p.m. at Cherry Corner Estates and 6:30 at the Cather Second Home.

On the Brix
May 19, 2017

Red Cloud native Carolyn Phillips returns home to play at downtown's newest establishment: On the Brix. 

The Trailer Sessions is Hardened and Tempered’s debut album, produced by Grammy award winning producer and Austin City Limits Hall of Fame member, Lloyd Maines. Influenced by Davidson’s time living in a trailer on the Texas-Mexico border, The Trailer Sessions explores the mythology of the open road and the haunting relationships between person and place. The songs imagine stark landscapes and protagonists at lonely moments when they must decide, should I stay or do I go? Maines shares his instrumental virtuosity and brings together a small cast of some of Austin’s finest (Richard Bowden, Jane Gillman, Riley Osbourn, Terri Hendrix, Bukka Allen, and Pat Manske), weaving new characters of sound into the stories to reassure the listener that, with music, no one is ever really alone.

Learn more: https://www.hardenedandtempered.com/bio/