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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Red Cloud Heritage Tourism Development

Community News

July 24, 2019

Visit Red Cloud and immerse yourself in the settings and landscapes that inspired so much of Cather's writing. Late summer is a perfect time of the year...READ MORE...

July 2, 2019

by Jarad Johnson

Big businesses start small and last week, they started at the Biz Kidz camp in Red Cloud.

The 10–13 year old kids learned about becoming...

July 2, 2019

by Dave Bergmeier of the High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently released 2017 Census of Agriculture provides a window into the High Plains region....READ MORE...



August 09, 2019 to September 30, 2019

The National Willa Cather Center welcomes photographer Richard Dickson of the United Kingdom as artist in residence from July 2 to August 12, 2019. Throughout his stay in Red Cloud, Dickson will create a body of photographic artwork pertaining to the Cather sites and the scenic landscapes in Webster County. The new work created as a result of this residency will be shown in a gallery exhibit titled Beauty in the Ordinary.


August 9 to September 30, 2019


Friday, August 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

September 22, 2019

9am start at the Red Cloud Golf Club. Please contact 402-767-0063 for more details.

The weekend of Sept. 20-22 is shaping up to be a busy one in Red Cloud so make plans now for a weekend escape and some golf! 

See flyer below for more details about this event:

September 22, 2019

2pm-3:30pm at the Red Cloud Opera House

Women's issues - dramatic and funny - are examined from a fashion standpoint by five actresses. A touring group from the Beatrice Community Players brings this memorable performance to the Red Cloud Opera House!

September 29, 2019

5pm at the Red Cloud Opera house! 

Admission to this event is a freewill donation to the Red Cloud Community Foundation Fund.  It is open to the public and tickets are not needed.

We will have also a Q&A with filmmaker Georg Joutras after the film!