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 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. It…

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Anton Wolf’s Hotel

1870 The population of Crystal Lake township was 718. Besides farming, a few industries developed. The first was a shingle mill at Shingle Creek, built in 1852 (everyone needed shingles!) and then a flour mill in 1859. In 1876 brickyards were opened near the Mississippi River. Then in 1878 the Camden area was, by the…

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A School on the Stillman Farm

1865 After the Civil War ended and the military reservation was reduced, the settlement of Minneapolis, Crystal Lake, and other towns developed rapidly. The first school for District No. 24 was built in 1865 was located on the Stillman farm at about 4342 Adair Avenue, it served for 25 years as a school, later being…

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