Webster County is under a Directed Health Measure until at least May 12th * Webster County Community Hospital and Clinic will not allow visitors into the facility. Only patients are allowed to enter. Exceptions include pediatric patients who may have one adult and those patients requiring end of life care *Red Cloud Community Schools will be closed until further notice. School buildings are closed to the public and to students through May 31st * The RCHS Alumni Banquet has been cancelled * *City of Red Cloud offices are closed to the public and the Community Center is closed as well until at least May 12th * See the COVID-19 Resources page for more closures and community updates


The South Heartland District Health Department area (Webster, Nuckolls, Clay, and Adams Counties in Nebraska) has reported at least 13 positive cases of COVID-19. Webster County is under a directed health measure until at least May 12th. A directed health measure means restaurants and bars can only do takeout, curbside or delivery and that there is now an enforceable order limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. As of 6pm on Monday, April 6th Nebraska has 412 cases and 8 deaths. Kansas has 845 cases and 25 deaths. Kansas is also under a stay at home directive while all 93 counties in Nebraska are under a directed health measure. Travel to Red Cloud for anything other than work is not recommended at this time. We will update this page daily.

Due to heightened concerns surrounding COVID-19, the City of Red Cloud is taking precautions to best protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community. Effective immediately, the City Hall and the Community Center will be closed through at least May 12th.

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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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Community News

April 1, 2020

News about Don Stratton, Red Cloud's reaction to COVID-19, and a great video on the Starke Round Barn 


February 28, 2020

Learn more about war hero Donald Stratton, baseball legend Dazzy Vance, the Farmers & Merchants Banquet, and much more in this month's newsletter! ...READ MORE...

February 25, 2020

RED CLOUD — Nebraska native Donald G. Stratton spent a quarter-century trying to forget Pearl Harbor, the cataclysmic explosion aboard the battleship USS Arizona that took the lives of 1,177...READ MORE...



Red Cloud Cemetery
May 25, 2020

Red Cloud's annual Memorial Day service will take place during the morning of May 25th. Keep checking for more details and updates as the date approaches. 

65th Annual Spring Cather Conference
June 04, 2020

6pm to 9pm

Food trucks, local vendors, lawn games, a cash bar, and good times with old friends--this event is a feature of the annual Spring Willa Cather Conference and is a good time for all. 

This conference event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!

Un/tethered: Cather on the Cusp of the 1920s
June 04, 2020 to June 06, 2020

Join us as we revisit the short stories of Youth and the Bright Medusa at 100 years.

Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium
June 05, 2020


Keynote Speech of the 65th Annual Spring Willa Cather Conference

Ross, writer and music critic for the New Yorker magazine, will give the keynote lecture of the Spring Cather Conference. You must register for the conference to attend this event as space is limited.