Red Cloud Travel Guide

  • Headquarters for Willa Cather SHS
    Headquarters for Willa Cather SHS
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  • Webster County Courthouse
    Webster County Courthouse
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  • Willa Cather's Childhood Home
    Willa Cather's Childhood Home
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Red Cloud Things to Do

  • More Residential Architecture

    Many homes in Red Cloud are nicely painted and landscaped. I found a house with plastic flamingoes in a flower bed. I thought those didn't exist anymore.

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  • Residential Walk Through Red Cloud

    Though not especially rich in architecture, the pleasant neighborhood of quiet streets and sidewalks with expansive lawn areas is a reward for dog walkers.

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  • Wick Cutter House

    Character Wick Cutter in My Antonia lived in this house surrounded by the privacy of Cedar trees.

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  • 9th Avenue Affluent Homes

    Cather divided the town by social and geographical classes. These more affluent homes on 9th Avenue contrast sharply with the humble Cather first home, for example.

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  • Methodist Church

    Poorly restored and in poor shape, this was the place where starved children stood in the cold and stared at the stain glass windows in the novel My Antonia. The uncontrolled growth of Cyprus trees around the building made it difficult to photograph.

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  • Second Cather Home

    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.

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  • Red Cloud Baptist Church

    Considering it's unique wood architecture, it's amazing how poorly kept the exterior is on this building. This was the church of Cather's childhood although she later converted to become Episcopalian toward the end of her life.

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  • Harling House

    Harling House represents one of the more unusual architectural features in Red Cloud. Just a block off from the Cather home, it is easy to find. This is the home where Antonia worked in the novel My Antonia.

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  • Rosen House

    Across the Street from the Cather Childhood Home is the Rosen House, a significant home in the Cather literary world. It's one of the lesser home architecturally, but is easy to find relative to the Chather home.

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  • Willa Cather Childhood Home

    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...

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  • Opera House--First Stop for Cather Tour

    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.

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  • THE OPERA HOUSE / WILLA CATHER CENTER

    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...

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Red Cloud Restaurants

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    by atufft Written Aug 13, 2013

    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.

    South Bar & Grill in Red Cloud South Bar & Grill in Red Cloud
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Red Cloud Transportation

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    by atufft Written Aug 14, 2013

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    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.

    Red Brick Red Cloud
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Red Cloud Warnings and Dangers

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    by Rich62 Written Mar 12, 2006

    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.

    YOUR EXERCISE YARD AND JAILHOUSE.  WELCOME! THE COURTHOUSE
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Red Cloud Off The Beaten Path

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    by atufft Written Aug 13, 2013

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    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.

    Willa Cather Prairie Highway US281 Leading into Red Cloud
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