Business and Community Directory

Business and Community Directory

Webster County Clerk
Webster County Clerk
621 North Cedar St
Red Cloud, NE 68970
621 North Cedar St
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Webster County Community Hospital Foundation
Webster County Community Hospital Foundation

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6th & Franklin
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-5600Website
6th & Franklin
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-5600
Webster County Courthouse
Webster County Courthouse

The Webster County Courthouse is a "County Citadel" type courthouse with Second Renaissance Revival architecture that was built in 1914. It is one of ten Nebraska courthouses designed by William F. Gernandt. Its design is similar to Gernandt's for the Dawson County Courthouse, which was built during 1913-14. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The courthouse is two stories tall with brownish brick (actually "Goldenrod Brick", from Omaha's Sunderland Brothers) walls, and with limestone trim. It sits on a raised basement made of rusticated brick and Bedford limestone.

Its NRHP nomination describes the main architectural feature of the courthouse:

The architect has expanded upon a form he used for his Dawson County Courthouse, stone-trimmed brick arcades between pilasters. For the Webster County Courthouse the arcades have become the dominant design feature, and arcaded pavilions occur on the south, east, and west facades. The round-arched brick arcades trimmed in stone spring from stone capitals of relatively simple brick pilasters. The arcade consists of eight arches on the main facade, and three on the sides where it projects more from the wall surface than does the main arcade. Tall and slightly arched parapets have a dentiled stone course that follows this arched shape. Below is a metal cornice featuring mutules with a row of dentils below. The forms further call attention to the arcades.

It was listed on the National Register in 1981. It was deemed significant for its architecture and for its role "as the focal point for the administration of local government and institutions in Webster County. It is a good example of public architecture in the community and contains good examples of design features and facilities distinctive to its design and use as a courthouse."

It is one of a number of NRHP-listed properties associated with Willa Cather and a scene from Cather's Pulitzer Prize winning novel One of Ours takes place in the Courthouse. 

More information and references (including the NRHP descritption): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster_County_Courthouse_(Nebraska)

621 N. Cedar St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2710debklingenberger@yahoo.comWebsite
621 N. Cedar St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2710
Webster County Historical Museum
Webster County Historical Museum

Housed in a 1909 classic revival style brick mansion, the Webster County Historical Museum is a beautiful landmark and an outstanding resource for learning about the area's rich pioneering and agricultural history. The four floors of the museum bring to life the early settlers of Webster County. It is a treasure trove of information about local families living in the Red Cloud and Guide Rock areas during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Items include books, diaries, Bibles, hymnals, paintings, clothing, and furniture. There are also schoolbooks and desks from the first school house in Webster County, which was opened in Guide Rock in 1867.

Mary Kingsley was the first teacher of the Guide Rock school, earning twelve dollars a month in salary. Photographs and a select few brochures and letters from Silas Garber are also available at the museum. Garber was one of the original settlers of Webster County and was the Governor of Nebraska from 1875-1879. There are a few photographs and personal accounts of the "Great Storm of Red Cloud," which happened in 1879, when a storm nearly destroyed the entire town. The majority of the town's buildings were leveled and there was over $10,000 in damages. Museum artifacts also include a 1904 Rumely steam engine and a 1910 Case threshing machine, along with other examples of early day farming machinery. 

The paleontology exhibit, "Digging Through Time" showcases some of the wondrous fossil finds that have been discovered in Webster County. The musuem's genealogy department is a popular destination for those interested in learning more about their family tree. They have marriage announcements and obituaries that date back to the late 1800s. The department also has old copies of the Blue Hill Leader and the Webster County Argus available for review and research.

721 West 4th Avenue
P.O. Box 464
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2444wchmdirector@gpcom.net
721 West 4th Avenue
P.O. Box 464
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2444
Webster County Sheriff
Webster County Sheriff
621 North Cedar St
Red Cloud, NE 68970
621 North Cedar St
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Webster County Treasurer
Webster County Treasurer
621 North Cedar St
Red Cloud, NE 68970
621 North Cedar St
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Wesleyan Church
Wesleyan Church

Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by Morning Worship at 10:45 a.m. Communion is the first Sunday of each quarter. Fellowship dinners are held on the second Sunday of the month after morning worship.

Weekly Life Group Bible Study is held every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

Mens' Breakfast and serving opportunity takes palce every 4th Saturday at 7:00 a.m.

The Ladies' ministry monthly meeting is held every fourth Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

942 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2459
942 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2459
Willa Cather Childhood Home
Willa Cather Childhood Home

The Childhood Home, the treasure of our restored buildings, contains many family artifacts including furniture, canned goods, prints and artwork, and family photographs and books. Grandma Boak's room is exactly as described in "Old Mrs. Harris." Upstairs, a "story within itself," is young Willa's (and Thea Kronborg's in The Song of the Lark) small attic bedroom; Willa wallpapered this room herself, taking the wallpaper as pay for her work at Dr. Cook's drug store. The same rose-covered wallpaper is there today.

The Childhood Home was donated to the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and lovingly restored by Dr. Wilbur Bennett and his wife, Mildred Bennett, who founded the WCPM. Later, that organization would become the Willa Cather Foundation. The Childhood Home is managed by the Willa Cather Foundation and maintained by the Nebraska State Historical Society.

241 N. Cedar St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
241 N. Cedar St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Willa Cather Foundation
Willa Cather Foundation

The Willa Cather Foundation invites you to experience the life, times, and work of Willa Cather. Here, you can tour her home, read her work, visit her beloved Opera House, and shop the largest collection of books by and about Willa Cather.

Click here for hours of operation

413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
866-731-7304Website
413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
866-731-7304
Willa Cather Foundation Bookstore
Willa Cather Foundation Bookstore

The Willa Cather Foundation Bookstore offers an extensive collection of books by and about Willa Cather, as well as select books by regional authors. Shop the wide selection of prints and photos, posters, videos, apparel, and Cather memorabilia. Be sure to pick up some of the beautiful, hand-crafted domestics made by the Willa Cather Foundation tour guides.

413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Willa Cather Foundation Tours
Willa Cather Foundation Tours

In partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Willa Cather Foundation offers guided educational tours of Willa Cather's childhood home and other historic buildings related to her life and writing throughout the year. Discounts are offered for school students and groups of twelve or more. Group tours should be arranged in advance by contacting Tracy Tucker, Education Director, at 402-746-2653 or ttucker@willacather.org. Parties of less than twelve do not require advance notice and are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes in advance of our regularly scheduled tour times.

Tours of Country sites, such as the Pavelka Farm and the George Cather Home, require advanced notice. Please click here for more information. Self-guided tours are also available and maps of the County Tour and Town Tour are available at the Willa Cather Foundation.

Winter Hours (October 1 – March 31)

Monday – Friday: 
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:
 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Sunday: 
Closed

TOUR TIMES

9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. No Saturday afternoon or Sunday tours. 
For tour prices click here.

Summer Hours (April 1 – September 30)

Monday – Friday: 
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:
 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday:
 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

TOUR TIMES

9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. No Sunday morning tours.
For tour prices click here. 

CLOSED: NEW YEAR’S DAY, EASTER, FOURTH OF JULY, THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS EVE, AND CHRISTMAS DAY.

413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2653ttucker@willacather.org Tour Website
413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2653
Willa Cather Memorial Prairie
Willa Cather Memorial Prairie

The Willa Cather Memorial Prairie is a botanical treasure consisting of 612 acres of never-been-plowed native prairie. The Willa Cather Foundation is working to return this land to its 19th century conditions, a time before the encroachment of man and foreign plant species.

The importance of the prairie in shaping America's art, history, and culture has been lost to much of the world. Of the millions of acres of grasslands that once covered the continent, only a small percentage remains. In order to protect the last American prairies, extraordinary efforts must be made not only to preserve them, but to bring visitors to the prairie, to teach them the importance of this special ecosystem. As the largest relict prairie in six counties, the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie is the perfect setting for teaching in nature.

Birders will enjoy our special location which features many grassland species, including eastern and western meadowlarks, eastern and western king birds, upland plovers, wild turkeys, bobolinks and other New World blackbird species, vesper sparrows and their many related grassland sparrows, wood ducks and other migratory birds, and greater prairie chickens. The Cather Prairie is listed as a National Birding Site and is a partner site of the Chicken Dance Trail. We are also partners in the Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition.

The Cather Prairie also boasts an ever-changing tapestry of native grasses, flowers, and forbs. Some of our most notable species include big and little bluestem, side-oats, hairy, and blue grama grasses, indian and switch grasses, as well our native cool-season buffalo grass. The wildflower season stretches from April through October, beginning with the sedges and fringed puccoons, and finishing big with ten-petal mentzelia and several varieties of sunflowers and goldenrod. In between, primroses, asters, native thistles, prairie coneflower, echinacea, dalea, ironweed, and many others grace the edges of our visitor trails. 

5 miles south of Red Cloud
Hwy. 281
Red Cloud, NE 68970
5 miles south of Red Cloud
Hwy. 281
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Williams Funeral Home
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Ave.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
(402) 746-2500
241 West 4th Ave.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
(402) 746-2500
WPA Murals at the Red Cloud Post Office
WPA Murals at the Red Cloud Post Office

The Red Cloud Post Office is home to three mural panels commissioned as WPA projects. Archie Musick, who studied under Thomas Hart Benton and Boardman Robinson, is the artist who was awarded this project. He aimed to explain through these paintings — “Loading Cattle,” “Stockade Builders,” and “Moving Westward” — the advent of white settlement, the movement of Indian tribes to the west, and the thriving industry of cattlemen. 

310 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
310 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Yost Farm Cottage
Yost Farm Cottage

Yost Farm Cottage is a modern three room cottage located on the edge of Red Cloud in the heart of Catherland. This quaint cottage sits next to a restored one-room country schoolhouse. Enjoy country life just a few blocks from Cather's childhood home and the Red Cloud Opera House. Open on a seasonal basis. 

1144 Road GH
Red Cloud, NE 68970
(402) 746-2856
1144 Road GH
Red Cloud, NE 68970
(402) 746-2856
Yost Farm School
Yost Farm School

This schoolhouse, known as North Star of Webster County School District 81 and referred to as "Little Tin Schoolhouse" was located near Cowles, Nebraska. It was built in 1887 and closed in 1959. In 1989, it was moved to its current location on the Yost Farm. The inside walls feature the original wainscoting. The ante room features an overshoe bench, wash stand, water bucket and tin cups, as well as a coat rack along one wall.

Many school children experience the past by participating in hands on activities at the Yost Farm School. These activities include: churning butter, washing clothes, grinding coffee, peeling apples, roping, playing old fashioned games, and square dancing in the barn. They can also experience what learning was like at a country school. The school farm setting is also used for club meetings, family reunions, church groups, filming movies, and Willa Cather Foundation Spring Conference Activities.

1144 Road GH
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2856
1144 Road GH
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2856
Zion Lutheran Church
Zion Lutheran Church


 

802 N. Franklin St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2859boggs4x4@hotmail.comWebsite
802 N. Franklin St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2859

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