Crown Point Off The Beaten Path

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    Lake County Fairgrounds

    by sambarnett Updated Aug 13, 2003
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    At the corner of Court St and Greenwood sits the main gate to the Lake County Fairgrounds. Quite most of the year, it comes alive in August with the Lake County Fair. But it's nice to visit any other time for picinics, hiking, demo derbies, gun shows, etc...
    Inside the grounds is Fancher Lake which features swimming beach, although why anyone would want to set foot in there is beyond me. Although a small lake, local legend says it's actually over 100 feet deep in the middle and it is connection, via an underground tunnel, to Cedar Lake. I guess someone drowned in Fancher and their waterlogged corpse ended up in Cedar Lake. The connection has never been scientifically proven.
       The land is part of the crest of the Valparaiso Moraine, a 10,000 year old reminder of the Ice Age that marks the dividing line between the drainage systems of the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.
       Catching a demolition derby at the old school, wooden grandstanding is something I will never forget.

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    A.M. Kennedy and Sons covered bridge

    by sambarnett Updated Aug 13, 2003

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    A Crown Point website offered this covered bridge as an example of the city's proud historical heritage. Well, not quite. The bridge was constructed in 1878 by A.M. Kennedy and Sons. In 1933 it was moved from Rush County to the Lake County Fairgrounds. History indeed. It's still a nice bridge though.

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    mural portraying the founding of Crown Point

    by sambarnett Written May 16, 2003
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    Inside Crown Point's Post Office is a mural, painted in 1938 by George Melville Smith, depicting city father Solon Robinson welcoming newcomers to the area. It is also worth noting that the service here is some of the friendliest service you'll ever experience. The Crown Point Post Office is located at the corner of East and Joliet Streets, one block east of the Square.

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    Ye Old Homestead.

    by sambarnett Written Feb 27, 2003
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    Jeez, I'm surprised they just didn't go forward and add an "e" at the end of "old." This was Crown Point's first clapboard house, built in 1847 and owned by Wellington Clark, who owned a dairy and cheese farm. Formerly a museum, the house appears to be undergoing a slow renovation and is closed to the public.

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    Solon Robinson marker

    by sambarnett Written Feb 27, 2003
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    This small obelisk marks the site where Crown Point founder Solon Robinson built his homestead upon arriving in the area in 1834. It's just north of the Crown Theatre.

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