Lance's Journal: Lincoln's Robber's Cave, Aug. 13, 2018

Published: Aug. 13, 2018 at 6:47 PM CDT
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Joel Green was a curious young child growing up in Nebraska's capital city back in the 80's.

He grew up in the Capitol Beach area and always wanted to know more.

But there was another spot. that also grabbed his was Robber's Cave.

Legend has it that Jesse James once used it as a hideout and that's where Robber's Cave got it's name.

Over the past two and a half years, Joel and his daughter Brooklyn have taken nearly 20,000 guests on tours of Robber's Cave.

In the 1860's and 70's the Pioneer Brewery used the cave to store beer. In part because the temperature in the sandstone cave is always 55 degrees.

A lot of people have lived their whole lives in Lincoln and didn't even realize that Robber's Cave existed, but believe it or not, Robber's Cave was open to the public from 1906 to 1973 and for a few years in the 80's.

But it's open now and for public tours of the brewery and cave, or for a private cave tour with Joel, visit

For more info about Joel's book or to purchase a copy, visit

ROBBER'S CAVE: Truths, Legends, Recollections will be shipped directly to your door if ordered online, however, the following locations also offer Joel Green's book:

- The Nebraska State Capitol Building's Landmark Store, Lincoln, NE

- The Nebraska History Museum's Landmark Store, Lincoln, NE

- Francie & Finch Bookshop, Lincoln, NE

- Indigo Bridge Books, Lincoln, NE

- The Bookworm, Omaha, NE

- Chapters Books, Seward, NE

- The Coinery, Lincoln, NE

- Badgers Books, Lincoln, NE

- The Sequel Bookshop, Kearney, NE

- Vena Amoris Coffee Shop, Lincoln, NE

- Blue Blood Brewing Company, Lincoln, NE

- The From Nebraska Gift Shop, Lincoln, NE

- The Pioneers Park Nature Center, Lincoln, NE

- The Durham Western Heritage Museum, Omaha, NE

- The Keeping Room, Nebraska City, NE

- The Wildwood House, Nebraska City, NE