Progress in Robbinsdale Park

1890 This was a busy year for the Robbinsdale area. John Trump built a general merchandise store where the Wicked Wort is today. He enlarged his store, selling hardware in half of it. In 1896 he bought a feed mill from Mr. Cannon. He paid $850 for it and operated it for many years to…

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Our Little Boomtown

1889   Mr. Robbins’ second business in Robbinsdale was a street car factory. It was near the car barn on Hubbard Avenue. The new factory began work on October 15, 1889, and by December 19, there were six cars ready to ship to Ohio. Expansion soon was needed and an addition was built in 1891,…

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Haakon and the Village Hall

1888 The late 1880’s were busy ones for this area. Haakon Christensen, born in Oslo, Norway, in 1859, first visited Robbinsdale to attend the laying of the cornerstone of the Seminary. He returned shortly after, bought land from Mr. Robbins, and built his blacksmith shop in 1888. This shop stood for a long time at…

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The Village of Crystal

1887 In 1886 Minneapolis made an effort to annex all bordering townships to secure more taxable property and money for improvements and perhaps to outclass St. Paul in population. At once, the people of Crystal arose to action and got a special act of the Legislature early in 1887 to incorporate. Thus the village of…

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The Robbinsdale Depot

1880 The first railroad through the community was called the Minneapolis Branch of the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba Railroad , later the Great Northern Railroad Company. In 1880 a flag station was established, merely a designated spot and if you wished a ride, you would “flag” the train. A depot was built about 1887….

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