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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Community News

November 13, 2017

Check out our November Newsletter for news and events

October 20, 2017

La Vista---Over the last five years, the Willa Cather Foundation embarked on a significant undertaking to create a new archive and museum. The Center is a state-of-the-art archive, museum and arts...READ MORE...

September 29, 2017

This article originally appeared in the Oct. 2nd, 2017 issue of the New Yorker

In Webster County, Nebraska, the prairie rolls in waves, following the contours of a tableland...READ MORE...



November 21, 2017

The Red Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce's 9th Annual Shopping Extravaganza will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 21st from 5pm to 830pm. Shop local businesses and vendors during the evening hours and snag some great gifts before Black Friday. See the flyer below for details--Horse Drawn Carriage Rides and Childcare at the Community Center provided by The Valley Child Development Center

November 25, 2017

Come Shop Small with us in Red Cloud during Small Business Saturday! See the flyer below for more details or visit our Facebook page.

We are pleased to add Lizzy's, Twisted Sisters featuring Agnes & Dora, and Fat Fox's to the lineup listed below! 

November 25, 2017

Join us for a book signing of the new book “The Better Half: Nebraska’s Hidden Treasures” by Sarah Baker Hansen and Mathew Hansen.  The signing will begin at 5 p.m. at the National Willa Cather Center followed by a reception around 6 p.m. at On the Brix.

Omaha World-Herald food critic Sarah Baker Hansen grew up in suburban Omaha. Husband Matthew, World-Herald columnist, came from Red Cloud, population 1,000. In their new book, “The Better Half,” they together explore the state from border to border.

Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium
December 09, 2017
7pm to 10pm

What can you expect from Lloyd McCarter & the Honky-Tonk Revival? A toe tapping good time.  They play good country music the way it used to be according to McCarter.

Growing up in a musical family, Lloyd McCarter is well-steeped in honky-tonk music. Starting at the age of eight, Lloyd began playing in the family band. By the age of 18, he was touring with the FortyTwenty band, playing the pedal steel guitar.