Webster County is under a Directed Health Measure until at least May 12th * The RCHS Alumni Banquet has been cancelled * Red Cloud Community Schools will be closed until further notice. School buildings are closed to the public and to students through May 31st *City of Red Cloud offices are closed to the public and the Community Center is closed as well until at least May 12th * The National Willa Cather Center is closed and all educational and Opera House programming has been canceled or postponed through the end of May * On the Brix Tasting Room reopened on March 27th but will have limited service options * Webster County Offices will have limited access and the courthouse building will be locked * The Village of Guide Rock offices will be closed to the public indefinitely * Starke Round Barn is closed indefinitely for tours and to drive-by/drop-in visitors * Webster County Community Hospital's ER entrance is locked--please use the main entrance * Webster County Historical Museum is closed indefinitely * The Palace Lounge & Steakhouse will be closed through April 3rd * The Auld Public Library is closed until further notice * Village Pharmacy is open but only doing delivery and curbside pickup


The South Heartland District Health Department area (Webster, Nuckolls, Clay, and Adams Counties in Nebraska) has reported at least 6 positive cases of COVID-19, 3 of which are believed to be community spread. This means that Webster County is under a directed health measure until at least May 12th. A directed health measure means restaurants and bars can only do takeout, curbside or delivery and that there is now an enforceable order limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. As of 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 1st Nebraska has 214 cases and 5 deaths. Kansas has 482 cases and 10 deaths. Kansas is also under a stay at home directive while 41 counties in Nebraska (including Webster) are under a directed health measure. Travel to Red Cloud for anything other than work is not recommended at this time. We will update this page daily.

Due to heightened concerns surrounding COVID-19, the City of Red Cloud is taking precautions to best protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community. Effective immediately, the City Hall and the Community Center will be closed through at least April 7th.

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Red Cloud is proud to offer the many advantages that are part of small town living in America's heartland. The community provides a relaxed pace, free of traffic, smog, and crime. Our charming downtown areas boast historic brick streets, bookshops, restaurants, and small businesses. The Republican River and surrounding prairie offer scenic beauty and countless recreational activities. We are also the hometown of author Willa Cather and host a plethora of cultural events at the Red Cloud Opera House and The National Willa Cather Center.  


Red Cloud offers easy living, with affordable housing, solid schools, and a safe, peaceful community. With our rich history, cultural programming, and recreational activities, there is never a shortage of fun and worthwhile things to do. Active organizations, churches, and clubs enhance the quality of life in this vibrant and friendly community. Small businesses that cater to the needs of tourists and locals alike line our downtown. The Community Center, critical access hospital, two senior centers, and a soon to be open child development center offer a wealth of community services that enhance the lives of all of our residents. Red Cloud is a special place to call home - whether you are raising a family, working, or planning to retire.


With nearly 120,000 people in the surrounding region, Red Cloud is economically solid and ripe for job seekers or enthusiastic entrepreneurs. Our pro-business approach and a stable, loyal workforce positions the community as an excellent location for individuals looking for opportunity or a new venture. Visit our Business section to learn more about services and opportunities that exist in Red Cloud. Our Economic Development page has information on current job opportunities available in Red Cloud.


We want your visit with us to be special. There are a host of fun, interesting, and worthwhile things to do in Red Cloud and Guide Rock. Whether it is special program with The Willa Cather Foundation, hunting the Republican River valley, seeing a show at the Opera House, or hiking on the Prairie, we have something for everyone.

Red Cloud, Nebraska is said to be the most famous little town in America, and those of us here know that this is true. The Red Cloud Opera House and Willa Cather Historic Site sees nearly 10,000 visitors from all over the world pass through its doors each year. Those visitors need Places to Stay, and our little town has a number of quaint options. Check out the Visit page for more information. 


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