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 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...

June 4, 2017

Article written by Matthew Hansen of the Omaha World-Herald 

RED CLOUD, Neb. — A first lady came to Willa Cather’s hometown Saturday and officially opened a $7 million center...READ MORE...

June 22, 2017

Article written by Matthew Hansen of the Omaha World Herald 

RED CLOUD, Neb. — As a first lady speaks to a packed house in my hometown, as she praises Red Cloud’s most famous...READ MORE...



Annual Crafter, Junker, and Small Business Event
November 11, 2017

Visit Red Cloud on Nov. 11th and get a head start on your Christmas Shopping at this annual event featuring crafters, junkers, and small businesses. The event will be held at the Red Cloud Community Center from 9am to 2pm. 

More updates on vendors coming soon. Keep up to the moment via the event's Facebook page


Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium
November 17, 2017
730pm to 10pm

October 02, 2017 to December 01, 2017

We are excited to present in the Red Cloud Opera House Gallery  “A Celebration of Landscapes” by Ben Darling. Mr Darling is currently painting in watercolor, oils, mixed media and print making (relief) in Sidney Ne. He paints landscapes representing different aspects and seasons across the plains and into Wyoming. He continues showing in Nebraska and exploring the visual potential of its landscapes and inhabitants. In the past several years Mr. Darling has been showing with the group “Impact” across Nebraska and the Midwest.

November 21, 2017

The Red Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce's 9th Annual Shopping Extravaganza will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 21st. Shop local businesses and vendors during the evening hours and snag some great gifts before Black Friday. More details coming soon.