The Robbinsdale Historical Society  was organized in 1977. We collect, preserve and tell the story of Robbinsdale’s past. We now number over 200 of your former classmates, teammates, neighbors and perhaps spouses.


Ole Olson’s Bakery

  In January of 1925 a terrible fire burned down half a block of the business district, Ole Olson’s Bakery (pictured above), The Loomis Candy Store and Hommes Hardware were […]



The first railroad through Robbinsdale was called the Northwest Branch of the St. Paul Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad Company. In 1880 a flag station was established and if you wanted […]


A Room Full of Robbinsdale

The room full of Robbinsdale will open to the public at 1:00pm on Saturday, November 15th and run through the winter months. The Robbinsdale exhibit is the first in the new […]


Sweatt Manufacturing

Shortly after Andrew B. Robbins moved his family to Robbinsdale, he gathered a group investors and built the Hubbard Specialty Manufacturing plant. The firm made chairs,  wheelbarrows, camp furniture, grocery […]


A New City Hall

Robbinsdale’s old City Hall on West Broadway was torn down to make room for a Red Owl grocery store parking lot in 1954. Municipal offices had been moved into temporary […]


Robbinsdale Reads a Book!

The 107 year old Robbinsdale Library Club will be meeting at the Historic Robbinsdale Library on Thursday October 16th at 1pm. Inspired by Minneapolis One Reads, the library club will […]


Robbinsdale Junior High

Due to the pressures of an increasing number of students a new Robbinsdale High School opened at Toledo Avenue North and 37th. Principal  Milo Mielke moved to the building and […]


Girling Gets There Cheaper than Train Fare

Thomas H. Girling was born in Nottingham, England in 1865. He came to America with his parents in 1872. Thirty years later he opened a small printing business and began […]


MacDonald & Russ

The MacDonald and Russ Grocery on the southwest corner of 42nd and West Broadway. Pictured from left to right are Everie Russ, Ross Wiley, Allan MacDonald and Herbert Clasen. After […]

Come and join us!

Our museum in the old Robbinsdale Library at 4915 42nd Avenue North  is open Fridays and Saturdays  from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Tours are available for class rooms and other groups. Please call (763) 202-3529 to make an appointment.

Membership is an easy way to keep in touch.

Yearly dues are $15.00
Keep up to date through our monthly news letter.

Membership meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the months March, April, May, September,October and November. We meet at 1:00 p.m. in the basement of the police & fire station at 41-1/2 and Hubbard Avenue N.




A new Robbinsdale book from Arcadia Publishing is available at the Robbinsdale City Hall and the Robbinsdale Historical Society Museum.

If city hall and the museum are out of your way, ask for  “Robbinsdale” at fine retailers and better bookstores everywhere! If they don’t have it tell them to get it!

You can also order paperback and e-book versions of this Images of America title from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.


We are a volunteer organization and try to raise money for our historical projects through fund raisers. Our largest revenue however, comes from the sale of these books. “Robbinsdale Then and Now” sells for $15.00 and the Robbinsdale High School Books are $20.00 each. You can pick up your copies at at the Robbinsdale City Hall, Robbinsdale Historical Society or by  calling Diane Jacobson at 651-633-6531  or Rollie Heywood at 763-535-7258.