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Willa Cather Memorial Prairie

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Address: 4 Miles South of Red Cloud, (bordering Kansas), Red Cloud, NE

Protected 608-acres of land which is popular for visitors, from roadside...

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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prairie view

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... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2015
Lin P
Laramie, Wyoming
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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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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
Ventura, California
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31 reviews
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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. Short on time? View it from your car by driving around the loop. Well worth... More 

1 Thank Victoria805
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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
Tucson, Arizona
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Laramie, Wyoming
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
Madelia, Minnesota
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
San Francisco
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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. I highly recommend a side trip to this spot. It is a short drive from... More 

2 Thank lomcon
Dummerston, Vermont
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
Lincoln, Nebraska
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267 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
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 temporary traveling exhibit from the National Endowment of the Humanities that chronicles America from the... More 

1 Thank Jim B

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