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

December 4, 2019

from 10/11's Pure Nebraska:

The 612-acre Willa Cather Memorial Prairie is a native prairie, which means it's never seen the blade of a plow.

The prairie was acquired by the Willa...

November 27, 2019

Learn more about the Community Visioning Session held by the Red Cloud Community Foundation Fund * Get to Know Casie Olson, Clerk/Treasurer at the City of Red Cloud and keep up with all of the...READ MORE...

November 15, 2019

from 10/11's Pure Nebraska....

A couple took a old house that was in disrepair across the street from their own home, and turned it into a welcoming guest house for visitors.

Lisa...



November 30, 2019 to December 08, 2019

3pm to 6pm at the Webster County Historical Museum

Be sure to visit the 29th Annual Festival of Trees Exhibit at the Webster County Historical Museum. Returning trees from last year include: Peacock Pride by Brenda Knehans, Letters from Santa by Heritage Care Center, Victorian Christmas by Susan Bell, and Celebrating Our Heritage by Prairie Friends. 


December 14, 2019

The 11th Annual RC Shopping Extravaganza has been rescheduled for December 14th! This will be an all day event, with a showing of Toy Story 4 at the Opera House at 10:30am, a visit from Santa at 12:20pm at the Opera House, vendors from 2pm-6pm in the Art Gallery, and deals throughout the commmunity throughout the day! The horse-drawn wagon will take kids around town from 4pm to 6pm! 

March 06, 2020

Save the date now for Red Cloud Tourism & Commerce's annual Farmers & Merchants Banquet. Note that due to a variety of scheduling conflicts, the event is now in March. 

featuring Modern Kowboy
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.