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

January 31, 2019

Read all about the latest Red Cloud news in the January 2019 Visit Red Cloud newsletter. Topics include: Historic site ownership transferred to the Cather Foundation; Farmers & Merchants...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...



March 22, 2019

Rascal Martinez Band - Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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.

April 04, 2019 to May 25, 2019

Stereotypes of Native American peoples are ubiquitous and familiar. The exhibition Savages and Princess: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes brings together thirteen contemporary Native American visual artists who reclaim their right to represent their identities as Native Americans. Whether using humor, subtlety, or irony, the telling is always fiercely honest and dead-on. Images and styles are created from traditional, contemporary, and mass culture forms.

April 13, 2019

Mahenwahdose - Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.