Follow the Trail!

The Trail of Authors, Arts and Architecture event is held to promote our Authors and Artists in the area.

Some of the events include book signings, art exhibits, presentations by authors, writers’ workshops, notable speakers, live entertainment, tours of local areas, a great variety of food and the opportunity to network with the various communities along Byway 136.

Many times the event is held in conjunction with another community event. The goal is to appeal to all ages and involve a large number of participants.

Several communities plan to participate in Trail of Authors this year.


Check out upcoming events by city:

BrownvilleFalls CityBeatriceHomestead National MonumentFairburyRed CloudMcCook , Tecumseh

Trail of Authors:

Red Cloud

Willa Cather (Author) Home

Red cloud offers beautiful 1880’s architecture and is home to the Pulitzer prize winner Willa Cather


Col. Barney Oldfield Birthplace

Starting out at the Lincoln Star, he went on to work as a publicist for Ronald Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor and more.


Trail of Arts:


Falls City

John Falter

Falls city is home to multiple art galleries, and to John Falter. The painter best known for his cover paintings of the Saturday Evening Post.

Crab Orchard

Paul Swan

The Nebraska native Paul Swan has been called “Nebraska’s Leonardo”. After studying at the university of Chicago he returned to teach in Nebraska. He later went on to New York to pursue his work and write his memoir.



School House Art Gallery

The school house art gallery contains multiple art shows and speaking events throughout the summer.


Trail of Architecture:



Johnson County Courthouse

Dedicated in 1889 the Johnson County Courthouse has survived time. Once a year the avenue of flags is displayed all around the property


Brown Carson House

Brownville is known for its continuing music series, summer theater, art galleries/book stores, and brilliant architecture.


Frank Lloyd Wright Home

McCook is home to some of our states greatest architecture. This includes sites like the Frank Lloyd Wright House and the George Norris house.


For more information – contact Laureen Riedesel at