Tue-Fri: 11am – 8pm
Sun & Sat: Closed
Welcome to Cameron
In 1854, Samuel McCorkle platted the town of Somerville. When the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad (a line whose founders included the father of Mark Twain and which was to deliver the first mail of the Pony Express) proposed coming through the area, the line claimed the area around Somerville was too steep for the rail, so he platted a new community 1.5 miles to the west in what is now “Olde Towne” Cameron. The town platted in 1855 was named for the maiden name of his wife, Malinda Cameron. McCorkle Park is still Cameron’s centerpiece park.
During the 1860s, as fierce competition raged for the starting point of the First Transcontinental Railroad, there was competition to get the Hannibal & St. Joseph (which at the time was the farthest west railroad connected to the main rail network) to cross the Missouri River. Omaha, Nebraska was to win the fight when the Union Pacific started the railroad west from there. However, there was no bridge connecting it to the rest of the network.
Kansas City, Missouri was able to convince the railroad to bypass its rivals in St. Joseph, Leavenworth, Kansas, Atchison, Kansas and Parkville, Missouri to create the “Cameron Branch” of the railroad. The construction of the Hannibal Bridge in Kansas City (which was to beat Omaha in any bids to cross the Missouri) was to propel that city into being the dominant city in the region.
Cameron was to enjoy a surge in its population because of the cutoff, with its population growing from 100 in 1859 to 3,000 by 1881.
Cameron was a college town from 1883 until 1930. Founded as the Cameron Institute, it became Missouri Wesleyan College, operated by the Methodist Church until 1930. A building on the campus would become Cameron High School (the Dragons) until being torn down in the 1960s, when a new high school was built on a site a few blocks south; the campus grounds are now used as parking for the nearby football field.
Just a little bit of the history of Cameron, the town we call home. We welcome you to Cameron and to Robyn’s. We know you will enjoy both.
Brisket special was PERFECT
EXCELLENT Customer Service, Amazing food. Brisket special was PERFECT, LOTS of flavor and very lean for brisket. Hubby had Salted Carmel Bacon burger it was awesome! Even though we were both full, we had to order chocolate cream pie & carrot cake for dessert. They were amazing too!
We have driven through six states so far this trip…. this was by far the BEST restaurant we stopped at.
PS: Super clean and nicely decorated ❤
Best restaurants in Cameron!
Robyns has proved to be one of the best restaurants in Cameron. The catfish filet is excellent and the sweet potato fries with sweet stuff is to die for!!! Highly recommend
The food is to die for!
The service is top notch. Be sure to leave room for dessert! I highly recommend Robyn’s.
What a great place to eat!! Robyn and her restaurant is the best! If you get a chance get the smoked chops!! You can cut them with your fork!
The Best place we’ve eaten in the area!
My 2 friends and I who were in town on a quilting excursion to Hamilton had dinner at Robyn’s and found it to Be the best place we’ve eaten in the area. We all had tonight’s special “chicken fried chicken “with corn and mashed potatoes and white gravy. We all enjoyed and had delicious lemon cheesecake for dessert. Diet starts tomorrow.
We read the reviews and decided on Robyn’s. We were not disappointed in the least. Very quaint place with a real home-like atmosphere. My wife’s burger was done exactly like she had requested. My chicken wrap had large pieces of grilled chicken in it. They definitely did not skimp on the portion. Plus, the fries were some of the best we have ever had. Not sure why anyone but a competitor would rate this anything other than five stars. On top of everything else, we got to meet Robyn herself. Got to admire a place where the owner is waiting on tables. This has to be a meeting place for the locals as Robyn seemed to know most everyone that came in the door. This place is well worth a couple of miles off the freeway. Next trip this way, we will be looking forward to stopping again.