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Red Cloud in Webster County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

1871 Red Cloud 1971

 
 
1871 Red Cloud 1971 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 22, 2014
1. 1871 Red Cloud 1971 Marker
Inscription. Red Cloud, named for the Oglala Sioux chief, was founded early in 1871 on homestead land filed upon by Silas Garber and company July 17, 1870, at Beatrice, the nearest land office. It is one of the oldest communities in the Republican Valley. When Webster County was organized, Red Cloud was voted the county seat at the first county election, April 19, 1871. The election was held in the dugout of Silas Garber, Nebraska's governor, 1875-1879.

The mainline of the Burlington and Missouri River Railway reached here in 1879, accelerating immigration from the East and abroad, bringing together a colorful variety of cultural heritages. During the 1880's Red Cloud served as a division center for the railroad. The architectural design of Webster Street was established during that prosperous time when many of the first frame and log structures were replaced by more elaborate buildings of brick and stone.

Red Cloud was the childhood home of Willa Cather and it is known throughout the world as the setting for her six Nebraska novels and numerous short stories. The pioneers she knew in the town and on the nearby farms live on in her writings.
 
Erected by Red Cloud Centennial Commission and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 108.)
 
Marker series.
1871 Red Cloud 1971 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 22, 2014
2. 1871 Red Cloud 1971 Marker
This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 5.252′ N, 98° 31.171′ W. Marker is in Red Cloud, Nebraska, in Webster County. Marker is at the intersection of North Webster Street and 3rd Avenue, on the left when traveling north on North Webster Street. Click for map. Marker is on the southwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Red Cloud NE 68970, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Red Cloud Volunteer Fire Department Bell (a few steps from this marker); Cather Childhood Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cottonwood Tree - 1871 (about 500 feet away); Grace Episcopal Church (approx. mile away); 1871 Webster County 1971 (approx. mile away); Burlington Depot (approx. 0.7 miles away); Willa Cather Memorial Prairie (approx. 5.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicSettlements & Settlers
 
Red Cloud image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 22, 2014
3. Red Cloud
View north from marker, on Webster Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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