Robb - Historic Places Days


Robb, Alberta
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Robb, AB, Canada
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‘The Gateway to the Coal Branch’, Robb was the central community for a number of small mines in the Alberta Coal Branch.

Present-day Robb is made up of three historic settlements: the mining camps of Bryan and Robb and a whistle stop at Mile 34.

Thanks to the oil and gas and forestry industries, Robb is one of the only remaining communities of the Coal Branch.

Robb is home to the Bryan Hotel (Valley Road, Robb), which is the only business that started in the Coal Branch’s “early days” that is still running today. Known as the Coal Branch Hotel today, you can visit this hidden gem for a burger and other delicious handheld foods while you browse the historic photos and stories that line the walls!



Fun Facts

  • Robb celebrated their 100th birthday in 2023!
  • Robb was named after P.A. ‘Baldy’ Robb, an early prospector of the Coal Branch who owned the Minehead Coal Company. However, Robb claimed that the town was named after “someone back East”.


Robb, AB, Canada
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