Ten years after incorporation, the city began construction on the Lake County Courthouse. Using Victorian, Georgian and Romanesque styles, the “gingerbread” courthouse is a symbol of the city, visible for miles. The north and south wings were added in 1907-08. Government facilities moved to a new complex in 1970 and the courthouse was place on the...more
The district includes all of the downtown "Square" and most of Court St. to the south. Some locals scoffed at the idea of the area being preserved as an historic district, but that designation means tax breaks for owners when they fix up their properity. Ought to go a long way in keeping the area looking nice (did this occur to the naysayers...) We...more
Every night at 7:30 CP'ers flock to the Crown Theatre for a cheap, second-run flick, stickey floors and a classic movie going atmosphere. Great marquee!
Three floors featuring all kinds of interesting, dusty, old and sometimes questionable (as in, why would anyone want THAT) objects.
What to buy: If you can't find it anywhere else you might find it here.
Local rumor says that the dog imortalized in this statue ran into the street to save a small child from being run over by a car. The dog was crushed and it's begrieved owner had this memorial made. Another tale says the actual corpse of the dog is inside the statue. It is located in a front yard on the west side of Court St, somewhere between South...more
A tradition since 1852. If you're anywhere near the area in August be sure to stop by the Lake County Fair. I used to hate coming here for the very same reasons I know love it: a interesting mix of people (some of them downright bizarre), the blaring Midway, 4-H displays galore. Not to mention the demo derbies, horse shows (chicks on horses are...more
Ever wonder what the time and temperature are? Well, if you're in Crown Point (or anywhere else in Lake County except Hobart) you can call 663-0123 and find out. If you accidentally dial the 662 exchange you'll get an auto repair shop. I'm sure they must get tired of fielding wrong numbers, but they're usually very pleasant about it.more
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...more
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.more
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...more