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...



Starke Round Barn
July 15, 2017

Nebraska's premier Summer music tour returns to Red Cloud and the legendary Starke Round Barn! Lester Junction to perform. This year, the concert will be from 5pm to 9pm but the barn will be open to visitors starting at 3pm.

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

Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
June 13, 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.

Red Cloud Golf Course
July 08, 2017 to July 09, 2017

Starts at 6am on July 8th and ends at 9pm on July 9th. Check out the RC Golf Club's Facebook page for more information or check out the Red Cloud Golf Course page on this website.