Robbin, one of the smallest hamlets in Kittson County,is nestled amongst the stately oaks, tall ash and spreading elms along thebanks of the Red River and is the gateway to traffic over state highway#11 entering and leaving the state.
It derived its name from one of the many migratory birdsthat were in abundance and nested here during the summer season, the robinredbreast. The land was originally railroad property and was sold and parceledout to the pioneer settlers.
There have been several business establishments in Robbinincluding a couple of general merchandise stores where at one time peoplecould secure anything from hair pins to heavy farm and threshing machinery.There was a small restaurant, a harness shop and two grain elevators wheregrain was picked up by barges and boats that navigated the Red River.
One of the most noted services for the community was theVillage Blacksmith combind with a feed grinding mill. Here the farmers wouldline up to have their horses shod and ther feed ground as well as havingtheir plow lays pounded out. As time went on it was one of the first shopsto introduce acetylene and later electric welding.
Source: Visitors Guide to Kittson County, Published May19, 1999 by the Kittson County Enterprise based on information compiledfrom Kittson County History Book.