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Red Cloud is the county seat of Webster County, Nebraska. Located in the Republican River Valley in south-central Nebraska, Red Cloud was named for the Oglala Lakota Indian chief. The city was established when, in 1871, Webster County was separated from Jefferson County, and Red Cloud was chosen as the seat of the county government. During the community’s first year, a school was built and two lawyers established their offices there. During Red Cloud’s second Fourth of July celebration, a buffalo stampede came through the middle of the festivities. One of Red Cloud’s founders, Silas Garber, was elected to serve as the third governor of Nebraska in 1874. The Burlington & Missouri River Railroad extended its track to Red Cloud in 1881, connecting the city to both Kansas City and Denver by rail and, by 1885, six passenger trains a day were stopping at the Red Cloud depot. The community incorporated as a village in 1878. The novelist, Willa Cather, spent six years of her life growing up in Red Cloud, and considered the town to be her home town, which figured into several of her novels. Highway 281 and Highway 136 intersect in Red Cloud. The city is west of the village of Guide Rock.



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