I uploaded about forty photos of Crown Point Indiana that are available for purchase as prints or stock photography. Pictures include the old Lake County Courthouse, Lake County Jail, Masonic Temple, Carnegie Center, Crown Theater, and Crown Point’s very own Madalyn the Hot Dog Lady.
Crown Point is located in Northwest Indiana with a population of over 37,000 and is considered part of the “Chicagoland” area. Crown Point has a traditional small town America feel with a main street consisting of the old Lake County Courthouse surrounded by numerous small businesses, known as “the square”, including a theater, ice cream shop, antique stores, and restaurants.
Crown Point is also known as the town where early 1900’s gangster John Dillinger escaped from the Lake County Jail. The jail Dillinger escaped from still exists and in 2008 Universal Studios filmed parts of the movie Public Enemies with Johnny Depp at the jail. The Lake County Sheriff’s house and jail are open to the public for tours and shows Dillinger’s cell and also where filming was done.
On somewhat of a sad note, Madalyn, the Hot Dog Lady, hasn’t returned to the Crown Point Square for 2011. She had a small portable hot dog stand there for over 20 years. In early 2010 she hadn’t shown up in the square and word had circulated that she planned to retire. But after someone started a Facebook campaign named “SAVE CROWN POINT’S 1st AND ONLY HOT DOG LADY!!” and thousands of people pleaded for her to return, she came back for the summer of 2010. I’m thankful she decided to give it a go for one more year. It’s wonderful things like Madalyn and her stand that take you away from the daily grind. These special and simple things seem to be disappearing quickly and are being replaced with the same businesses we see in every town in the United States. If every town has the same thing as every other town, then what makes that town special? I’m glad I was able to go with my young family and see Madalyn several times in the summer of 2010. My kids loved going there and I hope when they get older they’ll be able to remember her as part of their childhood. The hot dogs were excellent and unlike any I’ve had before. There was always a long line of people and Madalyn always had a smile and something nice to say. The summer of 2011 wasn’t the same without her. Thank you, Madalyn.
Crown Point Indiana photos can be found on my Photoshelter gallery. Here are some highlights: