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

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.

The National Willa Cather Center
June 01, 2017 to June 03, 2017

Join us June 1 – 3, 2017, for a very special Willa Cather Spring Conference! Our 62nd annual Spring Conference, “Picturing the American West: The Railroad and Popular Imagination,” is a signature event of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission and will highlight our 150 years of shared Nebraska history and culture. We are pleased to welcome Brent Glass, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, as our keynote speaker for this year’s Spring Conference.

Red Cloud Golf Course
June 04, 2017
Cap off an exciting weekend in Red Cloud by competing in the Barrel Bar 4 Person Scramble at the Red Cloud Golf Club
Time: 10am-5pm
Entry Fee: $200 per team
Call 402-746-2567