Robsart, Saskatchewan

Settlers first came to the Robsart area between 1909 and 1910. Many were Norwegians arriving via the United States. Wheat farming and ranching were the primary reasons for moving to the area. Robsart is named after Amy Robsart, a character in Sir Walter Scott’s book Kenilworth. The CPR laid track through the area in 1914 and the village was incorporated the same year. Soon after many businesses were built in the village: banks, hotels, cafes, livery barns, and a school. A post office opened in 1911. The village had a public hospital as well built in 1917. Robsart boasted over thirty stores and services. Robsart had six elevators and three hundred and fifty people at its peak in the early 1920s.

Robsart’s decline began with an elevator fire in 1929. I believe it was the Sterling Elevator, but can not confirm it with a source. The following year another fire destroyed several homes and businesses. This was also the start of the Great Depression from which Robsart did not recover. Many families chose to leave and its population fell to around 100 residents. The hospital closed in the 1930s and still stands today. The last passenger train left the village in 1957. Between 1961 and 1971 Robsart lost half its population. The post office closed in 1991. Its population in 2001 was 15. In 2002 the village was dissolved and the hamlet became the responsibility of the rural municipality. The 2016 population is listed at 20, although this is questionable. It appears only two houses are inhabited in the hamlet

I am not sure if this large building was a house or business. The former school is on the right.

Robsart’s hospital 1917 – 1930s

 

3 thoughts on “Robsart, Saskatchewan

  1. Thank you for sharing this, my mom was born and raised in this area. These pictures bring back so many great memories of the times we spent going there to see relatives in the summer.

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