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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Community News

June 2, 2022

Photos and story by Risell Ventura of NTV News

The Potter Block building has been abandoned for around 30 years, now the town is working on renovating it into a brand new hotel, "The Hotel...READ MORE...

May 28, 2022

Photos and story by Risell Ventura/NTV News

On Saturday, the Red Cloud Recreation & Health hosted the Color Run 5K during Alumni Weekend. 

The town has been doing...

May 27, 2022

Learn more about the 67th Spring Willa Cather Conference, Littleton Alston, Emmanuel Prettyman, celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pulitzer Prize winning novel One of Ours, and learn more...READ MORE...



Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
June 15, 2022 to August 13, 2022

"There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm." 

This quotation from Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark gives credence to the lived experience of artist Christopher Strickland and aptly describes the theme of his exhibition Expanding Perceptions. His works chronicle the various seasons of weathering and renewal that have marked his life, from leaving his familiar coastal roots in New England, to creating a home here on the central plains of Nebraska. 

Red Cloud City Park
June 30, 2022

Come see us every Thursday evening 5-7 in the City Park every Thursday through September 29th! Featuring local produce, crafts, and more! 

6pm @Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium
July 01, 2022

From the Willa Cather Foundation: 

City Park
July 07, 2022

Come see us every Thursday evening 5-7 in the City Park starting June 23rd thru September 29th! Featuring local produce, crafts, and more!