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

May 15, 2017

From The Omaha World-Herald / Micah Mertes

Red Cloud, Nebraska, has built a 20,000-square-foot tribute to its most famous citizen, and it’s invited one high-profile guest to inaugurate...READ MORE...

May 1, 2017

For the second year in a row, Red Cloud will be a stop on Hear Nebraska's Good Living Tour. The Starke Round Barn will once again be the site of the concert, featuring 3 bands, local and regional...READ MORE...

May 1, 2017

The work going on at the National Willa Cather Center was featured in the May 1st, 2017 edition of the Lincoln Journal-Star. The introduction is reprinted below....READ MORE...



Burlington Depot, 62nd Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference
June 01, 2017

Thursday, June 1st the Willa Cather Foundation invites you to a night at the historic Burlington Depot! Enjoy food trucks, craft beer, and select wine. Beginning at 7:30 musician David Seay will perform his "Train Songs & Tales," an upbeat performance featuring several instruments, well-known railroad music, and legends of the rails for all ages! 

The bash at the depot is part of the 62nd Annual Spring Cather Conference and is open to the public. The Depot is located at 437 W. Welsch St. in Red Cloud. 

The National Willa Cather Center
June 03, 2017

We are delighted to welcome Mrs. Laura Bush as a guest speaker for the National Willa Cather Center's dedication. A former teacher and librarian, Mrs. Bush has dedicated herself to advancing education and promoting the well-being of women and families worldwide. She has advocated for the importance of literacy and education to advance opportunity for America’s young people and foster healthy families and communities. Mrs. Bush founded the National Book Festival to introduce tens of thousands of American’s to their favorite authors each year.

Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
May 23, 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.

Various Locations
May 26, 2017 to May 28, 2017
You still have time to register for the 63rd Red Cloud High School Alumni Banquet to be held on Saturday evening,May 27th at the Red Cloud Community Center.  A $25 late fee will be charged for Registrations after April 30th. If you did not receive your Invitation, please contact Patti Yaussi: [email protected] receive one. 
Honored Classes:
60 year (1957)
50 year (1967)
40 year (1977)
25 year (1992)
20 year (1997)