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

February 3, 2020

Learn more about the Willa Cather Foundation's "Campaign for the Future," the Farmers & Merchants Banquet, Street Car Days logo redesign, the Kansas-Nebraska Heritage Area Partnership, get to...READ MORE...

January 28, 2020

by Paul Hammel at the Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN — The Willa Cather Foundation is making a final push for donations to enhance Cather’s hometown of Red Cloud as a literary...READ MORE...

January 28, 2020

Former First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Laura Bush is the honorary national chair for the campaign’s public fundraising effort. Mrs. Bush, who spoke at the Foundation’s dedication of the...READ MORE...



5:30pm at the RC Community Center
March 06, 2020

Please join Red Cloud Tourism & Commerce at the Red Cloud Community Center during our Annual Farmers & Merchants Banquet. More details will emerge soon, but we will celebrate local businesses with an awards presentation, a Prime Rib Dinner, and a performance from Modern Kowboy.

Note that this year's Farmers & Merchants Banquet will be held much later than usual due to a variety of scheduling conflicts. 

Social hour begins at 5:30pm! 

February 29, 2020

Those who love the iconic music of the 1960s and 1970s rock era will be in for a treat when they hear Blackberry Winter! With a sonic palette of vintage instruments and pro sound and lighting, their performances are a treat both aurally and visually. The group's playlist includes a plethora of memorable coming-of-age tunes from the 1960s and 1970s. This talented band of seven musicians infuses a high degree of creative energy into each performance, whether it is structuring a song as a dance number, adding new segments, or writing their own compositions.

~8pm at the Farmers & Merchants Banquet
March 06, 2020

High Intensity entertainment that play everything from 50's to current Rock and Country Music! For the Family and all ages welcome.

Modern Kowboy will be playing at the Farmers & Merchants Banquet in the Red Cloud Community Center and should hit the stage some time after 8pm. 

March 20, 2020

With an array of instrumentation and styles, Paddywhack performs traditional folk music of the British Isles. Billed as Nebraska’s original Irish band, the trio of musicians offers a stunning variety of musical styles, songs, and dance tunes, complemented by rich vocal harmonies. The group’s repertoire includes a cappella sea shanties, Irish pub sing-alongs, provocative ballads, rebel songs, jigs, and reels.