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

February 28, 2019

Learn more about non-traditional scholarships, the merger between Heritage Tourism and the Red Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, Cather & the Cranes and much more!


January 31, 2019

Read all about the latest Red Cloud news in the January 2019 Visit Red Cloud newsletter. Topics include: Historic site ownership transferred to the Cather Foundation; Farmers & Merchants...READ MORE...



March 22, 2019

Rascal Martinez Band - Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.

March 22, 2019

Join us at the National Willa Cather Center as we partner with the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary and the Willa Cather Archive for an ecotourism day-trip! Begin your day with a sunrise viewing of Sandhill cranes on the Platte River in Rowe Sanctuary's viewing blinds, followed by a short charter ride to Red Cloud, the hometown of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather.

March 23, 2019

The Fire Department is hosting their Annual Soup and Hamburger Feed on March 23, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Red Cloud Fire Hall. They are also doing a raffle this year for 2 guns, half a hog from Kensington Lockers, Milwaukee tools donated by C&D Service of Red Cloud, and a Traeger Grill donated by Kohmetscher Feed Service of Red Cloud. They are also doing cash prizes if you aren't interested in the prizes. Find any fireman to purchase your raffle tickets or purchase them at the event. 

March 26, 2019

Are you interested in starting a small business but don't know where to start? Do you have an established business but could use a little help? Do you need help navigating the large variety of government options available? Then please consider attending Red Cloud Tourism & Commerce's inaugural "Business Education After Hours" Event on Tuesday, March 26th at 7pm in the Auld Public Library.