“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Webster County Nebraska Historical Markers

1871 Red Cloud 1971 Marker image, Touch for more information
By Bill Kirchner, September 22, 2014
1871 Red Cloud 1971 Marker
Nebraska (Webster County), Red Cloud — 108 — 1871 Red Cloud 1971
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 . . . — Map (db m77975) HM
Nebraska (Webster County), Red Cloud — 123 — 1871 Webster County 1971
On April 10, 1871, Acting Governor William James issued a proclamation calling for the organization of Webster County, with officials to be elected nine days later. The dugout of Silas Garber, later to serve as Nebraska's governor, was the polling . . . — Map (db m77977) HM
Nebraska (Webster County), Red Cloud — 262 — Burlington Depot
Built in 1897, the main section of Red Cloud's Burlington Depot contained sleeping quarters on the second floor, and freight room, agent's office, and waiting room below. The building was moved here from its site near the tracks directly . . . — Map (db m77974) HM
Nebraska (Webster County), Red Cloud — 264 — Cather Childhood Home
Built ca. 1876, this is the house in which Willa Cather lived from 1884 to 1890. She describes it in "Old Mrs. Harris," in "The Best Years," and in this quotation from Song of the Lark: "They turned into another street and saw before . . . — Map (db m77976) HM
Nebraska (Webster County), Red Cloud — Cottonwood Tree - 1871
This cottonwood was planted in front of the first business in this location, the Taylor Hotel, a log building which catered to buffalo hunters. The upper one half story was a dormitory and in the lower level their food was served. The menu featured . . . — Map (db m85671) HM
Nebraska (Webster County), Red Cloud — 261 — Grace Episcopal Church
Built in 1884 on the corner of Second and Walnut, the Grace Protestant Episcopal Church was moved to its present location in 1891. The brick veneer was added sometime after 1922. Willa Cather joined this church in 1922 and remained a loyal . . . — Map (db m77978) HM
Nebraska (Webster County), Red Cloud — Red Cloud Volunteer Fire Department Bell
Used until the siren was installed 1950 — Map (db m85672) HM
Nebraska (Webster County), Red Cloud — 176 — Willa Cather Memorial Prairie
Willa Cather first came to Webster County from Virginia in 1883 at the age of nine. The vast open prairies of Nebraska made a lasting impression on her. "This country was mostly wild pasture and as naked as the back of your hand. I was little and . . . — Map (db m77973) HM

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