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...



Artwork of Gwen and Christi Lewis
August 10, 2017 to September 27, 2017

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017 - 1:15PM TO WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 - 1:15PM
Red Cloud Opera House Gallery
413 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970

We welcome the artistic talents of local Mother/Daughter artists Gwen and Christi Lewis.  This show is titled “Mother and Daughter: One Vision, Two Perspectives” while they are family you will see the individual and unique talents of both artists. 

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Artist Statement

August 14, 2017 to August 29, 2017

The Red Cloud Area Artists as a part of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs and the Willa Cather Foundation are pleased to display the “Best of Nebraska,” a statewide traveling art exhibition, on display at the Red Cloud Opera House from August 10th – August 29th. Every year the ANAC state competition selects 25 pieces out of hundreds of entries to be honored by traveling through Nebraska’s galleries. This year was the 53rd annual show.

August 26, 2017

The Red Cloud Board of Public Trust is proud to present Dueling Duo, live at the Red Cloud Community Center on Saturday, August 26th. 

The concert will be a fundraiser for the Board of Trust, which was created to purchase nuisance and problem houses in Red Cloud and to help improve the look of the community.  

Click here for the event flyer with full details. 

August 27, 2017

RED CLOUD--The Auld Public Library will present "Riders on the Orphan Train", a multimedia persentation on the Orphan Trains and their young riders with Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster, at the Library on Sunday, Aug. 27th at 2pm. 

This presentation is funded by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.