Hawkins, as with most of its neighboring towns and villages, started out as a logging town. The area was known for its stands of beautiful white pines.
The town was named in honor of the former secretary of the Soo Line, M.P. Hakwins.
Once the logging boom was over, Norco Windows, Inc. came to the community in 1922 as Northern Sash and Door Co. Norco still manufactures quality windows and is one of the two largest industries in Rusk County.
The South Fork of Main Creek offers some of the best trout fishing in Rusk County.
For the winter recreationist there are miles of groomed snowmobile trails. These trails connect to others which will allow the snowmobiler to ride through Rusk, Price and Taylor Counties.