Nebraska Historical Marker: Cather Childhood Home

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200-250 W 3rd Ave, Red Cloud, Webster County, Nebraska

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Marker Text

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 them lighted windows; a low story-and-a-half house, with wing built on at the right and a kitchen addition at the back, everything a little on the slant--roofs, windows, and doors." Restored and donated by the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation."

Further Information



Paul D Riley, “Cather Family Letters,” Nebraska History 54 (1973): 585 – 618

Marilyn Arnold, “The Other Side of Willa Cather,” Nebraska History 68 (1987): 74-82

Mildred R Bennett, “Willa Cather and the Prairie,” Nebraska History 56 (1975): 231-236

Marker program

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