Red Cloud, Nebraska

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Red Cloud is a city in and the county seat of Webster County, Nebraska, United States.[3] The population was 1,131 at the 2000 census.



This was part of the large territory in present-day Nebraska inhabited by the Oglala Sioux at the time of European encounter.

Red Cloud was founded by European Americans in 1871, led by Silas Garber, a former Captain in the Union Army. The city is named for the renowned war chief Red Cloud, the Oglala Lakota warrior. It is the only community with the name of Red Cloud.[4]

The author Willa Cather lived in Red Cloud for several years with her family, starting in 1884 at age nine. She used the town as inspiration for several in her novels, including Black Hawk in My Ántonia.[5] Several 19th-century buildings described in her books are included in the Willa Cather Historic District, the largest district dedicated to an author that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Her family house is part of the district.[6]


Red Cloud is located at 40°5′18″N 98°31′22″W / 40.08833°N 98.52278°W / 40.08833; -98.52278 (40.088222, -98.522660).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.


1880 - 677
1890 - 1,839
1900 - 1,554
1910 - 1,686
1920 - 1,856
1930 - 1,519
1940 - 1,610
1950 - 1,744
1960 - 1,525
1970 - 1,531
1980 - 1,300
1990 - 1,204
2000 - 1,131

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