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

March 29, 2019

Learn more about the Savages & Princess Exhibit and Walter Echo-hawk book talk, get to know Red Cloud High School Principal Jason Heldt, and watch a video about why Danny and Val Benge took a...READ MORE...

February 28, 2019

Learn more about non-traditional scholarships, the merger between Heritage Tourism and the Red Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, Cather & the Cranes and much more!


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...



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 25, 2019

Please join us on April 25, at 6:30 p.m. for a program "Selfies with Sacajawea: The Corps of Re-Discovery on the Lewis and Clark Trail".  Author Nelsen Petersen and historian Dean Shissler set out on a two-week journey with the idea of following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark from St.

May 20, 2019 to May 21, 2019

The Kids Clinic will start at 9am on Monday, May 20th

The Kids Tourney will start at 9am on Tuesday, May 21st. See the flyer below for more details on how to get involved:

May 24, 2019

The Red Cloud Community Foundaton Fund's Annual Community Banquet will be held on Friday, May 24th. This year, State Senator Adam Morfeld will give the keynote speech.

Save the date and stay tuned for more details!