|Red Cloud History|
Red Cloud, named for the Oglala Sioux Chief, was founded early in 1871 on homestead land filed upon by Silas Garber and company. When Webster County was later organized, Red Cloud was voted the county seat. The election was held in the dugout of Silas Garber, Nebraska's governor, 1875-1879. The mainline of the Burlington and Missouri River Railway reached the town in 1879, accelerating immigration from the East and abroad, bringing together a colorful variety of cultural heritages.