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.


Featured Attraction


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...



Various Locations
October 06, 2017 to October 08, 2017

Discover Miles of Treasures Along Nebraska’s Heritage Highway!

A 15-county area spanning Nebraska’s Heritage Highway 136 has organized a three-day event to promote our towns, our businesses and our people. There will be open stores, garage and yard sales, antiques to be found and much 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. 

About Christi

Artist Statement

September 01, 2017 to September 30, 2017

The exhibit runs from September 1st to September 30th at the Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium 

Join us for a couple of 830 mile long conversations.  This Auditorium exhibit will show case life across Nebraska showing “Small Town, Small Talk, Statewide Impact”

On September 22nd at 2 pm we are delighted to welcome Stuart Chittenden who will be here to talk about his 830 mile long conversation!

More about the show from the artist:

Red Cloud Golf Course
September 24, 2017

Entry fee is $150 per team. Contact the Red Cloud Golf Club at 402-746-2567.