Red Cloud offers a wide array of attractions – from the great outdoors to significant historical and cultural assets including the 40+ sites associated with author Willa Cather. Check out some of the highlights below or contact Heritage Tourism Development Director Jarrod McCartney or Willa Cather Foundation Director of Education & Engagement Rachel Olsen at 402-746-2653 for more information.

For information about some of the counties underdeveloped and presently inaccessible sites, visit the Heritage Tourism page or call Teresa Young at the Webster County Historical Museum at 402-746-2444. 

Auld Public Library was contructed in 1917-18 and serves as an excellent representation of Neo-Classical style architecture. The facility was the result of William T. Auld's generous donation to erect the...Read more

Depots in general played a significant role in Willa Cather's writings. The original two-story section of the depot, constructed in 1897, is the building Cather was familiar with during...Read more

Visitors to Red Cloud are invited to book a stay at the Cather Second Home. Guests may rent the room that was Cather's, or the rooms of her parents...Read more

This building, constructed in 1888 and known as the Garber Bank, was erected by Silas Garber, former Union Army Officer, the founder of Red Cloud (1871), and the fourth...Read more

Grace Episcopal was the Cather Family's church beginning in 1922. Two of the beautiful custom painted glass windows, manufactured by the Emil Frei Company of St. Louis, were purchased by...Read more

Built in 1878, the Harling/Miner house is one of the finest historic homes in Red Cloud. Although a more simplified, vernacular interpretation of the Italianate style, the house is...Read more

Located in the former Shades West building, Mark Dahle's Art Gallery features work from the artist's personal collection. Read more

“We turned to leave the cave; Antonia and I went up the stairs first, and the children waited. We were standing outside talking, when they all came running up...Read more


This fully restored and modernized 1886 Queen Anne sits in the neighborhood that Red Cloud native Willa Cather...Read more

The Red Cloud Community Center features a full kitchen, meeting room, exercise room, gymnasium, and multi-purpose room. The building serves as the perfect venue for many community meetings, sporting...Read more

Our community is proud to have the 3rd best 9-hole public golf course in Nebraska. Designed by the late PGA Tour Pro Harry Obitz in 1988, the course boasts...Read more

Built in 1885, the Red Cloud Opera House transports visitors back in time to set the mood, scene, and tone of the 1890s, when Willa Cather and her friends...Read more

The Republican River is an ideal location for viewing wildlife. Species include eagle, turkey, upland birds, deer, and bobcat. The chalk cliffs are a naturally occurring geological feature, exposed by...Read more

It was here that Annie Pavelka, the prototype for Ántonia, baptized her baby and later married. The building, erected in 1883 and used until 1903, later became a residential...Read more

The Starke Round Barn is a historic and engineering marvel. More than one hundred years old, the barn is massive in size but is held together without nails or pegs of...Read more

Completed in 2017, the National Willa Cather Center is a sight to behold. In addition to being the headquarters of the Willa Cather Foundation, the building features a climate-controlled...Read more

Trouvaille provides a private, countryside getaway where small groups & families instantly feel at home. Surrounded by the wildlife & rolling hills of north central Kansas, Trouvaille offers an intimate...Read more

Download a QR code scanner onto your mobile device and explore Red Cloud's past with a local historian. Codes are located on lampposts throughout downtown Red Cloud. 

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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...Read more

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...Read more