The White Cloud Town Co. was formed in early 1856. Dr. Richard J. Gatling, the inventor of the famous Gatling gun. White Cloud faces a wide sweep of the Missouri River and was established on land acquired from the Iowa Tribe. It was named for Ma-Hush-Kah, or White Cloud, who was a noted chief of the Iowa and was referred to, as "White Cloud (Mahaska) the Younger.
Twice a year (in May and September) this sleepy little village hosts one of the largest flea markets in the country. It was listed by McCall's Magazine as "one of the best flea markets from coast to coast."
White Cloud is known for its many historic attractions which resulted in its designation as a National Historic Site.