Welcome to Historic Red Cloud: Great Stories Grow Here!

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 21, 2019

Learn about the Red Cloud Community Foundation Fund's Annual Banquet and Color Run, the 65th Annual RCHS Alumni Banquet, the 64th Annual Spring Willa Cather Conference, and much more! See the...READ MORE...

May 20, 2019

Nebraskans with an interest in the life and times of Willa Cather can get a tour of the famous author's childhood home.

Willa Cather is Nebraska's Pulitzer Prize-winning author. She lived...

May 8, 2019

RED CLOUD — Author Willa Cather’s relationship to the theater throughout and beyond her life will be a focus of exploration here May 30 through June 1 at the 64th annual Willa Cather Spring...READ MORE...



Hosted by the Cowles American Legion; Sponsored by Coors
July 20, 2019

Come explore the western edge of Webster County along the scenic Republican River during the 9th Annual Cowles American Legion Post 116 Republican River Stock Tank Float!

**NOTE: There's a big change for this year's event: The tanks will now start at the Old Riverton Bridge along 43 RD just east of Riverton in Franklin County and end at the Inavale Bridge***

Cost: $10 per person. Each team must have 2 oars or poles, a bucket, and life vests for each person on board. To qualify for the race, an 8ft or 10ft tank will be needed with 4 to 6 people.

Farm to Table, Friends to Neighbors: We Are Nebraska Strong!
August 02, 2019 to August 04, 2019

Red Cloud's Annual Community Celebration will feature the annual parade, Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast, games and vendors in the City Park, live music, the Missoula Children's Theatre - Pinocchio, the 5K The Warrior Way Obstacle Course, and much more!

Stay tuned for more details as they become available and a full schedule of events (see a working list below), but make sure you're available Friday, Aug. 2nd-Sunday, Aug 4th!

May 29, 2019 to August 07, 2019

The Red Cloud Opera House is thrilled to collaborate with Impact Nebraska, a juried group of nationally-known artists living and working in Nebraska, to present Impact Willa Cather! This brand new fine arts exhibit features works inspired by Willa Cather's own words and paired with a brief descriptor—perhaps it shares an artistic technique, tells a story, gives insight into the artist's world, or provides the source of inspiration from Cather's writing. Impact Willa Cather will be on display in the Gallery May 29–August 7, 2019, with an artists' reception Friday, May 31

July 12, 2019

7pm at the Red Cloud Opera House (FREE) 

*Make it a complete weekend in Red Cloud by checking out this event at the RCOH on Friday and participating in the Coors/Palace tourney at the Red Cloud Golf Course on the 13th!*