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The city of Robbinsdale is in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Minnesota State Highway 100 and County Road 81 (Bottineau Boulevard) intersect in the northwestern portion of the city.

Crystal is adjacent to Robbinsdale to the west. Brooklyn Center is about four miles to the northeast, Golden Valley is just over five miles to the southwest, and Minneapolis is about twelve miles to the southeast.

The first claim in the area that was to become Robbinsdale was filed in 1852, a couple of months after Hennepin County was created. Others followed, and the railroad reached the area in 1880. The community that grew up around the railroad became known as Parker's Station, for Alfred Parker, who donated the land for a railroad depot.

Parker's Station became Robbinsdale after a real estate developer by the name of Andrew B. Robbins built a home there, and developed an area to the west of Lower Twin Lake as a suburb of Minneapolis, although the community was initially named the Village of Crystal.

Before long, new industries moved into the new community and a Lutheran Seminary was constructed. Lars Nasset opened a general store, and Haakon Christensen opened a blacksmith shop. Robbins established a trolley manufacturing firm known as the Northern Car Company, and later built the Hubbard Specialty Manufacturing Company, producing furniture and wheelbarrows.

Unable to persuade the Minneapolis Street Railway Company to extend its line to the region, Robbins organized the North Side Street Railway Company and built his own line from Minneapolis to his development, which had become known as Robbinsdale Park.

In 1893, the Village of Crystal was dissolved and the Village of Robbinsdale was organized.

Only a couple of months after Robbinsdale was founded, the Northern Car Company shops and the Hubbard Manufacturing building were burned to the ground. The 1893 depression slowed growth in the town, and preventing rebuilding.

In 1895, the Lutheran Seminary was destroyed by fire, and classes were moved to the Hotel Georgia on West Broadway Avenue until the seminary relocated to Saint Paul.

Although its industry was curtailed, by the early 1900s, Robbinsdale's main street had a grocery store, a hardware store, meat market, drug store, blacksmith shop, a livery, bank, and a hotel.

The First Congregational Church was built in 1890 and served for seventy-five years. Its building was demolished in 1965. The Sacred Heart Church was dedicated on Christmas Day in 1911, and a rectory was built in 1914. A school was added in 1926, and a convent in 1927. Construction began on a Lutheran mission church in 1923, which opened as the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer the following year. Elim Lutheran Church was organized in 1922, and their building was constructed in 1924.

In 1938, a new charter was adopted and Robbinsdale became a city.

Several professional wrestlers made their home in Robbinsdale, including Barry Darsow, Greg Gagne, Verne Gagne, Larry Hennig, Curt Hennig, Nikita Koloff, Dean Peters, Rick Rude, and Tom Zenk. Additionally, Gene Okerlund, a former announcer, and interviewer for the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling made his home in Robbinsdale for a time. David Backes, Alec Richards, and Blake Wheeler, professional hockey players, were also Robbinsdale residents.

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