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...



Bladen, NE--Webster County Fairgrounds
July 27, 2017 to July 29, 2017
Come join the fun at the Webster County Fair & Rodeo in Bladen, NE! More updates coming soon.
Beef Barbecue - 5:00 PM
Watermelon Feed
(sponsored by Local Thrivent)
Rodeo Queen & Princess
Crowning at 6:30 PM

Pork Barbecue - 5:00 PM
Pork provided by Kohmetscher Feed Service
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 City Park
August 05, 2017

“Ready, Set…Invest in Your Hometown!”

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