Crown Point has been an established community in Indiana since 1868, when it was first incorporated. Today, that 19th Century settlement has grown to a town with almost 30,000 residents that sits surrounded by several other Indiana communities, including Merrillville, Winfield, Cedar Lake, and Schererville. Our Crown Point injury lawyers serve the residents of these communities. Most in our part of the country recognize Crown Point as being the longstanding county seat for Lake County, with the beloved Old Lake County Courthouse (”the Grand Old Lady”) being on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Crown Point is Popular Place to Live
In the first decade of the 21st Century, the population of Crown Point almost doubled in size (up 42%) with most of Crown Point’s citizens living in Crown Point and raising their families here while commuting to nearby areas for their work. Chicago is less than an hour’s drive by car along I-65 to I-90, and many carpool from Crown Point to Chicago for their jobs. For shopping, there’s a shopping mall and lots of other retail shopping opportunities just next door in Merrillville and Hobart. For those new to the area, it may seem like they are in one big metropolitan area, as over time lots of communities, like Crown Point, have grown and expanded until they slam against their neighbor city’s boundary line. Still, one of the wonderful things about our neck of the woods is that even though we’ve experienced this kind of growth, each of our towns and cities works hard to keep its own unique character and identity. Crown Point is a great example of this vigilance.
Public Enemy No. 1 and Crown Point
Essentially, Crown Point is a small Midwestern town with lots of historical significance. One very famous contribution to American history is what happened in Crown Point back in March 1934, when John Dillinger allegedly used a “ gun” he had carved out of wood and painted black with shoe polish to escape from the Lake County Jail, taking the Sheriff’s new Ford V-8 for his get-away. Sheriff Lillian Holley (that’s right, Lake County had a female sheriff way back then) was furious and remained a cult figure in our area until her death in 1994 at the age of 103. Hollywood returned to the scene of the crime in 2008, when Michael Mann chose to film scenes from his movie “Public Enemies” in Crown Point, using the actual Lake County Jail as the film’s setting for the recreation of the infamous Dillinger escape. Johnny Depp played John Dillinger in the movie and actress Lili Taylor had the role of Sheriff Lillian Holley.
Lake County Fair
For ten days every August, Crown Point is home to the Lake County Fair, which is largest county fair in Indiana. There’s a lot of fun for everyone in Crown Point at the Lake County Fair, held near the Grand Old Lady (the Old Courthouse) and its surrounding grounds. There are the usual food and beverage offerings as well as live music along with a carnival, a demolition derby, a monster truck rally and even horse shows. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of another, then you may have a legal claim for damages as well as the right to justice against the wrongdoer and you are welcomed to contact a Chicagoland and Indiana personal injury lawyer at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group to schedule a free initial legal consultation.