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 21, 2017

The City of Red Cloud is updating its Comprehensive Plan--a document that forms the base for decisions involving land use, zoning, annexation, and nusiance properties. The Planning Commission and...READ MORE...

June 14, 2017

Article by Marylynne Pitz of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At age 8, Willa Cather rode a pony around Red Cloud, Neb. and listened as pioneers described the hardships of...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.

Republican River
July 08, 2017

Registration begins at 10am and the race starts at noon. Starting point located off the Bladen Road (Road 800), approximately 4 miles west and 1/2 mile south of Red Cloud. Race ends at the Hwy 281 River Bridge south of Red Cloud.