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Willa Cather Memorial Prairie

#2 of 4 things to do in Red Cloud Features Animals
4 Miles South of Red Cloud, (bordering Kansas), Red Cloud, NE
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Quiet majesty of nature

We stopped on a stormy day, but still enjoyed the fresh smell of the grass and the wide vista of... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2016
Margaret M
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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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Beautiful and serene

Although as previous reviewers have mentioned, the stop is small with signage and a trash can. You... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2016
Victoria805
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Ventura, California
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Protected 608-acres of land which is popular for visitors, from roadside viewing of a prairie landscape as well as for school groups, Cather Foundation tours and other tourists.
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9 Sep 2016
“Quiet majesty of nature”
21 Aug 2016
“Beautiful and serene ”
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4 Miles South of Red Cloud, (bordering Kansas), Red Cloud, NE
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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped on a stormy day, but still enjoyed the fresh smell of the grass and the wide vista of the rolling countryside. This is a great stop to pause and reflect.

1  Thank Margaret M
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Although as previous reviewers have mentioned, the stop is small with signage and a trash can. You don't have to be a fan or Willa Cather or have even heard of her to enjoy the beauty of the 600 or so acres of preserved prairie....More

1  Thank Victoria805
Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

Mid grass prairie in the early fall. Thank you to those who work to preserve it, yet make it accessible.

1  Thank Carol A. T
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Willa Cather writes about living in the prairie states, and visiting 'Her' prairie does give one the feeling of great expanse and 'aloneness' that comes across in her books. The prairie is being restored, and has a ways to go.

1  Thank birdwoman42
Reviewed 9 June 2015

A nice opportunity to see the open land Cather wrote about. Remember to do a careful tick check after your walk! If you are able to visit the Tallgrass Prairie in the Kansas Flint Hills, that is a more expansive and well-established prairie.

2  Thank Lin P
Reviewed 10 April 2015

You look at it and that's it. I would have liked to walk around, let the kids run, read about what Cather actually did there.

Thank Jenny R
Reviewed 10 February 2015

We took a short walk through the prairie in early October. It was so quiet. I am sure it can be stark and severe in the winter, but that day was beautiful and it gave me a sense of the prairie before it was settled....More

2  Thank lomcon
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Every evening, we went to the Cather memorial prairie; it was different every time: different lighting, different clouds, different birds. Best way to get an inkling of what pioneers faced.

Thank diana w
Reviewed 27 September 2013

This swath of original prairie is carefully tended and shows what the prairie looked like when early settlers, like Willa Cather's family, arrived, with native grasses, wildflowers, and animals. It's evocative and incredibly beautiful.

1  Thank Ann R
Reviewed 29 June 2013

Start your Cather experience in the old opera house. If you want to tour the home and the museum then a guide will take you there, but recommend you call in advance to arrange this. The staff is most accommodating. Right now they have a...More

1  Thank Jim B
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