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

September 28, 2018

Hardened & Temepered Play the RC Opera House; Red Cloud Community Foundation Fund Enters Final Phase of Its Legacy Endowment Campaign; RC Schools Celebrate Homecoming Week and Much Much More...READ MORE...

September 28, 2018

‘I simply don’t care a damn what happens in Nebraska,” ranted a New York critic, “no matter who writes about it.”

Or so Willa Cather claimed. In the long leisure of the grave, the alleged...READ MORE...

September 21, 2018

Friday is the 100th anniversary of arguably the greatest and most beloved work in Nebraska literature: Willa Cather’s “My Ántonia.”

For those not great at math, the book was first...READ MORE...



November 10, 2018


The Lightning Bugs will take you back to when the big bands were blowing, the dance floors were crowded and the Mills Brothers helped everyone fall in love. The Bugs use smooth vocal harmonies and tasteful instrumental styling to pay respect to such masters as Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and the Ink Spots, and they even play an occasional western tune to fill out the show.

$15 in advance / $20 day of show


November 20, 2018

The Red Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Shopping Extravaganza will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20th. More information coming soon! 

November 24, 2018

The Red Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce along with Heritage Tourism Development encourage holiday shoppers to Shop Local and participate in the national Small Business Saturday events going on on Nov. 24th. More details about events and locations in Red Cloud that will be open coming soon!