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

‘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...

June 28, 2018

This is heritage tourism at its finest, with lovingly restored buildings on a wide, brick road that evokes images of horse-drawn wagons and 19th century homesteaders. Some bonuses for my husband...READ MORE...

January 16, 2019

Story by Tony Herrman; Photos by Laura Beahm of the Hastings Tribune

RED CLOUD — Lois Goosic took the Reuben soup she’s been making for years and won the popular vote of the fifth annual...READ MORE...



January 25, 2019

The 69th Farmers & Merchants Banquet will be held on Friday, January 25th at the Red Cloud Community Center from 5:30pm to 11pm. This year's event will feature a raffle of 4 large prizes, a Prime Rib Dinner, Entertainment from Two Chicks With a Kick, and Featured speakers Matthew Hansen & Sarah Baker Hansen will talk about their book "The Better Half: Nebraska's Hidden Treasures"

Raffle items include:
*Traeger Grill valued at $700 (donated by Kohmetscher Feeds)

January 11, 2019 to March 11, 2019

“Catherland Through My Lens” is the topic of a new exhibit coming to the Opera House gallery on Friday, Jan. 11. Featured local artists are Linda Brinda and Liz Rasser, both avid photographers with Catherland as their subject matter. Brinda, a rancher, lives near the Cather Prairie. Her images capture the splendor of rural life, large- and small-scale; as well as document the ranching lifestyle. She finds photography “therapeutic, challenging and exciting,” as will the viewer of her photographs! Liz Rasser is a lifelong Red Cloud-area resident and passionate advocate of rural living.

January 21, 2019 to February 09, 2019

Red Cloud Opera House is pleased to host the traveling exhibit of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC) Monday, Jan. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 9. The exhibit will be open for viewing in our auditorium during regular business hours. The works on display consist of a Best of Show and 24 Award of Excellence winners from ANAC’s 2018 juried art conference. Cover artwork, "Change of Tune" by Randall May of the North Platte Valley Artists Guild.

February 08, 2019

Come to the Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery for a reception featuring local photographers Liz Rasser and Linda Brinda. 

5pm-7pm. More details coming soon. 

A Chamber After Hours event will follow at On the Brix from 7pm to 9pm, celebrating the Red Cloud Community Foundation Fund's successful completion of its Rural Development Philanthropy Challenge.