City of Erskine

History, Statistics, and General Information


The Name Erskine

The land that later became Erskine was homesteaded by Martin Rathstock, Daniel Cameron, Ole J Branna and Helen R. Erskine.  George Q. Erskine later acquired the Cameron and Rathstock homesteads.  When the first railroad came through Mr. Erskine evidently lost no time in having section 4 platted as an original townsite.  Thereby the village of Erskine acquired its name.  Erskine was incorporated as a village in 1897.   

History of Erskine

Erskine is in the eastern one third of Polk County in Northwestern Minnesota.  Located approximately 90 miles south of the Canadian border and 55 miles east of the North Dakota/Minnesota border. 

Erskine sits at the junction of two very important intersections.  First it is the junction of two US highways: U.S. Highway #2 and #59.  U.S. Highway #2 in particular is a major east/west artery.  In addition to the highways, Erskine sits at the junction of two major transcontinental railroads.  The Burlington Northern Sante Fe and Canadian Pacific railways.


Population: 503 (2010 Census)
Households estimate:  234

City of Erskine General information:

Organization:    Mayor/Council/Clerk Treasurer
Revolving Loan Programs: Yes
Recycling:   Yes
Fire Insurance Rating:   3
Industrial Plans Approved By:  City Council

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City of Erskine  PO Box 59, Erskine, MN  56535     218-687-4646