The Court House Square, Crown Point, Indiana, circa 1963.
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The picture above is not very good, but it is a scan of a slide taken in the mid-1960s. The scene is the Court House square of my hometown of Crown Point, Indiana.
I actually lived in Crown Point for a little more than five years. I lived on the small farm outside of town (see that post here) all through the time I was in the first grade until I graduated from high school.
Crown Point is the county seat of Lake County, Indiana. Although a new county administration center has been built on the outskirts of town, the courthouse is still standing and is now a mall with small shops. But it was still the courthouse while I was going to school. But to give you an idea of how long ago that was, during Christmas they would play Christmas carols from the courthouse which could be heard throughout much of the town. Can you imagine that happening today? My Latin teacher, Miss Swartz, would get very upset with Bing Crosby’s pronunciation on his recording of Adeste Fideles.
Crown Point was noted for three things when I was growing up. One of the first road races in the Midwest was held at Crown Point on June 19, 1909. The race, a forerunner of the Indianapolis 500, was won by Louis Chevrolet. The Chevrolet automobile was later named in his honor.
Crown Point was known as a marriage mill in the 1920s and ’30s. Rudolph Valentino, Red Grange, and Tom Mix all got married in Crown Point.
On January 30, 1934, John Dillinger, escaped from the Lake County jail located in Crown Point. He escaped using a fake gun stained with black shoe polish.
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