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

April 22, 2019

When you make plans to visit Red Cloud and the National Willa Cather Center this year, make sure to add On the Brix Tasting Room to your itinerary. Conveniently located in one of the restored...READ MORE...

March 29, 2019

Learn more about the Savages & Princess Exhibit and Walter Echo-hawk book talk, get to know Red Cloud High School Principal Jason Heldt, and watch a video about why Danny and Val Benge took a...READ MORE...

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!




May 24, 2019 to May 26, 2019

More details about this full weekend of fun in your hometown will be arriving soon!

For a registration form and more details, check out this link: Red Cloud Alumni Weekend Mailer




April 04, 2019 to May 25, 2019

Stereotypes of Native American peoples are ubiquitous and familiar. The exhibition Savages and Princess: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes brings together thirteen contemporary Native American visual artists who reclaim their right to represent their identities as Native Americans. Whether using humor, subtlety, or irony, the telling is always fiercely honest and dead-on. Images and styles are created from traditional, contemporary, and mass culture forms.

April 25, 2019

Please join us on April 25, at 6:30 p.m. for a program "Selfies with Sacajawea: The Corps of Re-Discovery on the Lewis and Clark Trail".  Author Nelsen Petersen and historian Dean Shissler set out on a two-week journey with the idea of following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark from St.

April 30, 2019

A training for first responders, veterans, and our community will take place on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:30pm in the Auld Public Library, located at 537 N. Webster Street in Red Cloud, NE.

The training will focus on mental health issues, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Suicide Prevention

Participants will learn practical tips for responding to veterans or persons in crisis.

The training will also provide information on resources available through the Veterans' Affairs Office and the Red Cloud Community