Business and Community Directory
Business and Community Directory
Located a short walking distance from downtown, this quaint dwelling was built in 1883 on land originally owned by T. B. Williams, Red Cloud's first physician and Webster County's first divorcee. Boasting original woodwork and plastered walls, this charming home has all modern amenities, and spacious living areas that include two bedrooms, a large living area, and a new spacious kitchen and bath. Take advantage of the southern sun porch or the cottage's front porch, to enjoy your morning cup of coffee, the evening's conversations, or just a quiet get-a-way. According to the 1885 Nebraska Agricultural Census, the home was then owned and occupied by Joseph and Sophia Loder Graves, seven of their fifteen children, and a domestic servant. Needless to say, the older boys most likely slept in the barn's haymow. A barn quilt square, commemorating this property is planned for the west barn door. The quilt on the east is in celebration of the life of H. R. Mullen. He owned and resided here prior to his death, and the family has retained possession of this property for over 50 years. It is currently owned by a daughter, whose hard work and TLC have made it into this quaint abode, that awaits your enjoyment.
Auld Public Library was contructed in 1917-18 and serves as an excellent representation of Neo-Classical style architecture. The facility was the result of William T. Auld's generous donation to erect the first permanent library for the community. The Library houses over 10,000 volumes as well as videos, DVD movies, and audio books. Wireless internet access is also available.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Auld Public Library Foundation was formed October 27, 1998. The purpose of its creation was to solicit and accept donations, and to use these gifts for the benefit of the Auld Public Library.
Foundation Board members include five library supporters from the general public, two members of the Library Board of Trustees and the Director of the Library as an ex-officio member. The Foundation will be the agent for grants and/or donations made to the Library. A non-profit organization, The Auld Public Library Foundation was created in response to the need for financial support for the Library and to improve library and information resources, facilities, and services for the Red Cloud Community.
Foundation funds come from individual donations, memorials, grants, and fund raising activities. Individuals, companies, or other groups may participate by becoming a Foundation supporter with an annual contribution: $10.00 individual, $20.00 Sponsor, $50 Patron, or $100 Benefactor.
Baseball and softball are popular pastimes in this community. Illian Field is busy during the season, and you can always find a league to join ranging from t-ball to fast pitch baseball and softball. For information about local leagues, call Jolene Kugler at 402-257-7458. Red Cloud has hosted some of baseballs greats like Cy Young, Dazzy Vance, and Clarence Mitchell to name a few.
Located north of town, along Crooked Creek.
Depots in general played a significant role in Willa Cather's writings. The original two-story section of the depot, constructed in 1897, is the building Cather was familiar with during her last years in Red Cloud. Red Cloud was on the main line of the Burlington and Missouri between Kansas City and Denver. At one time, eight passenger trains (and several grain and livestock trains) passed through town daily, making the Red Cloud Depot a busy and exciting place. The Burlington Depot houses an exhibit entitled The Burlington Railroad: Colonizing Cather's Wild Land. The exhibit emphasizes four themes:
- disposition of the land and town planning in Webster County
- colonization and settlement
- the political upheaval of the 1890s
The Burlington Depot was restored and managed by the Willa Cather Foundation and maintained by the Nebraska State Historical Society.
Casey's Convenience store has a variety of hot, freshly prepared food (including pizza and breakfast items) in addition to an array of retail items. Call for more information or to order a pizza. You can order online as well.
Visitors to Red Cloud are invited to book a stay at the Cather Second Home. Guests may rent the room that was Cather's, or the rooms of her parents and siblings. The entire home may also be rented for family retreats, meetings, and special occasions. The Cather Second Home once provided Cather with a nurturing and encouraging atmosphere in which to work, while Red Cloud and its residents gave her inspiration and insights. The house—now owned and operated by the Willa Cather Foundation—is a retreat for guests as it was for Willa Cather. There are 6 cozy guest rooms and 2.5 baths.
Cherry Corner Estates is a retirement living residence that offers service, security, and independence in an assisted living environment. Private apartments are available which allow for the residents’ own furnishings. Personal services include meals, laundry, housekeeping, medication administration, activities, whirlpool bathing, and emergency call system. Financial arrangements include private pay, Assisted Living Insurance benefits, and a limited number of Medicaid approved units.
The City of Red Cloud owns and operates its own utility system that distributes electricity, water ,and wasterwater to homes and businesses in the Red Cloud area. The City is a proud member of ACE (Public Alliance of Community Energy), NMPP Energy (Nebraska Municipal Power Pool), and MEAN (Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska).