Located at the corner of 6th and Seward, Cather's parents lived here until her mother's death in 1931. Today, the home is converted to a B&B. Rooms are advertised to be remodeled back to authentic Cather epoch. Website link didn't work. If you want to stay here, call the Opera House for details.more
Willa Cather's family already had six generations of farm experience on Virginia soil before the larger family moved to the deeper soils of the Platte River Valley in Red Cloud. Age nine at the time, Willa was very much impressed by the land, weather, and immigrants who were her neighbors. Her family stayed at this house for several years before...more
The Will Cather tour begins at the Opera House on Webster Street downtown. There's a museum of artifacts, a book store and gift shop, and brochures about Will Cather. The free map provides excellent help in your walk around town. I arrived after the museum closed, but the brochure rack was still outside.more
THE PHOTOS GIVE AN INDICATION of the Opera House as a Cather Center. Here is where you should go to learn about Cather. be sure to see the short video; it is very interesting.Willa Cather wrote 12 novels, 6 short stories and other miscellaneous writings. Her novels include "O Pioneers" (1913), "A Lost Lady" (1923), and her most famous work, "My...more
Located on the main drag of Red Cloud--Webster Street--and right near the Red Cloud Chief newspaper office, this place serves as a hangout for locals. Serving mostly bottled and draft beer to folks squinting at the not-so-big flat screen TVs behind the bar, this place features red meat specials and mostly deep fried main entrees. I ordered a rare slice of prime rib, which came with a no frills iceberg lettuce dinner salad and a baked potato. Service is friendly enough. If I had the time, I would have stayed to play a game of pool.
Red Cloud is off the beaten path for most tourists, which is one of the reasons it's worthwhile visiting. The downtown is as devoid of life as any midwest town, even on Saturday night. This is a good place of motorcyclists and RV folks to stop for a visit, but beware of the red brick pavement downtown.
IF YOU'RE NOT GOOD, HERE'S THE JAIL you will call home. Isn't that a nice exercise yard? It comes complete with a small bicycle at no extra charge.
photo 2: Here's the courthouse where the judge will tell you how long you can stay in jail.
photo 3: Here's the Sheriff who took you to see the judge.
In honor of Willa Cather, sizeable acreage of prairie with a trail is located on US281 right on the Kansas-Nebraska border. The best time to visit would be late spring when the wildflowers are in bloom.