Crown Point Community Library


Historical Timeline of Crown Point and Crown Point Community Library

Although far from including everything from the history of our community, this timeline does include many of the activities and developments that shaped our city into the great place it is today.  Items in bold are related to the Crown Point Community Library.


1834       October 31 – Crown Point was settled and founded by Solon Robinson.  It was known as Robinson’s Prairie, named after Solon Robinson (labeled as the “Squatter King”).

1834       Fancher family settled on the shores of what would later be named Fancher Lake.

1835       The first school was established by Mrs. Harriet Holton, who taught in her home.

1836       The Crown Point Post Office opened.  It was the first in Lake County.

1836       March 14 – Solon Robinson appointed Postmaster by President Andrew Jackson.

1837       February 15 – Lake County was organized without choosing a county seat.

1837       Solon Robinson opened Crown Point’s first general store with his brother Milo Robinson.

1837       March – Solon Robinson elected clerk of Lake County.

1837       October – First courthouse was built with money provided by Solon Robinson.

1837       The first newspaper in the region, called “Great Western” or “Western Ranger,” was published by Solon Robinson, but only sporadically, until 1842.

1838       February – The General Assembly of Indiana enacted the temporary location of the county government and court house at Lake Court House in two-story log structure built by Solon Robinson on the southwest corner of the square.

1839       Liverpool was selected as the county seat, but proved an unpopular choice.

1840       June – The temporary Lake Court House became the permanent county seat, beating out Liverpool and Cedar Lake.  The name of the community was changed to Crown Point, the highest point in Lake County.

1841       The Mason and Farrington brickworks opened.

1847       The Wellington-Clark House was built at 227 South Court Street.  It is still the oldest house in Crown Point and popularly known as “The Old Homestead.”

1850       The second courthouse building was constructed.

1852       The first County Fair was held for 1 day at the courthouse.

1852       Solon Robinson left Crown Point to pursue work along the East Coast.  His wife Mariah stayed in Crown Point.

1857       The Lake County Herald newspaper was established by John Wheeler, Janna S. Holton, and Zerah F. Summers.

1857       The first lending library was established in Crown Point as the McClure Library Association.

1858       The Crown Point Register newspaper was founded after Wheeler and Summers purchased Holton’s interest.

1863       Timothy Ball established his home in Crown Point.

1865       The Chicago and Great Eastern Railway opened in Crown Point.  Crown Point then received its mail by the rails.

1865       The Crown Point Institute School opened at present location of the Crown Point School Corporation Administration Building on North Street.

1868       June 3 – Crown Point was incorporated as a town.

1868       August – First sidewalks were constructed.  They were made of wood.

1873       January 31 – The Crown Point Fire Company was established.

1873       Cheshire Hall was built.  It was named after W.W. Cheshire who came to CP to become superintendent of the public schools.

1874       The First National Bank of Crown Point was organized.

1876       The land for the Lake County Fairgrounds at Fancher Lake was purchased for $3975.00.

1878       September – First cornerstone was laid for the Court House.

1882       The Letz Manufacturing Company began producing farm equipment.  It closed in 1965.

1882       The Lake County Star newspaper was established.

1882       The Sheriff’s Home and Jail began construction.

1885       The Crown Point McClure Library Association closed and transferred its 148 volumes to Public School of Crown Point.

1891       February 13 – Electric arc lights were placed around the square.

1895       First water mains were installed.

1895       The Crown Brewing Company began at West Goldsborough and Pratt Streets.

1896       First telephone was used by the pumping station at the water works.

1896       October 7 – Democratic Presidential Candidate William Jennings Bryan addressed an audience from the steps of the Courthouse.

1906       May 23 – The 9 member board was formed to establish the Crown Point Library.

1907       Two 2.5 story additions were built on the Courthouse.

1908       February 12 – The O.G. Wheeler property on South Main Street was purchased to become the Carnegie Library at Crown Point.  The Library opened the same year.

1909       June 19 – First Cobe Cup Race in Crown Point.  The winner of the 25 mile race was Louis Chevrolet.

1911       June 6 – Crown Point officially became a city.

1912       July 31 – The Gary and Southern Traction electric streetcar began operation, traveling between Gary and Crown Point.

1912       August 2 – The Calumet Electric Company (NIPSCO) was established.  It was renamed NIPSCO in 1926 after a merger with several companies.

1915       The start of the “Marriage Mill” period.  Couples from around the country came to Crown Point for a “quick” marriage performed by Justices of the Peace since there was no blood test or three-day waiting period requirement.  This ended in 1940 when Indiana changed its laws.  Although still a popular destination, the numbers did decrease and the heyday of “The Mill” was over.

1928       Two 1.5 story additions were built on the Courthouse.

1929       The Crown Point Police Department was founded.

1935       October 1 – Groundbreaking of the Crown Point Post Office at East and Joliet Streets.

1946       The Crown Point Airport opened north of downtown.  It closed in 1970.  The Fountain Ridge Subdivision is currently at the location.

1957       The Lake County Greenhouse Corporation (1913-2004) provided the roses for the official welcome when Queen Elizabeth came to the United States in 1957.

1959       Crown Point celebrated its 125th Anniversary.

1965       Crown Point suffered damage from hurricane force winds during the early morning on August 27, 1965.  The damage included downed trees, power and telephone lines, as well as many homes.  Fortunately, no lives were lost; however, the Lake County Fair was forced to close several days early.

1969       Hub Swimming Pool opened.  It was the only community pool in the Midwest built with private funds and a land donation from the Sauerman family and no tax dollars.

1971       New construction to the Library, including an addition, began at 214 South Court Street.

1973       The Crown Point Library reopened after the renovations with its entrance now on Court Street.

1973       May 17 – The Old Lake County Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

1974       The Lake County government offices moved into the new Lake County Government Center.

1976       The Courthouse tower bell was rung 200 times to bring in 1976 for America’s Bicentennial.

1979       Although he stood tall in several locations around Crown Point, “The Doughboy” was not officially dedicated until 1979, when he found a permanent home at the Veteran’s Garden in the southeast corner of Maplewood Cemetery.

1982       The Crown Point Library was renamed as the Crown Point Community Library to include Winfield Township as part of its service area.

1984       The Sesquicentennial Celebration of Crown Point.

1989       The Winfield Branch of the Crown Point Community Library opened.

1993       October 30 – Although he died in Florida in 1880, Solon Robinson’s remains were brought back to Crown Point and dedicated for burial in Maplewood Memorial Cemetery.

1995       Renovations updated the Crown Point Community Library to include a children’s section, teen area, and research area, as well as installing new carpet and décor.

2002       The Lake County Fair celebrates its 150th Anniversary.

2004       The Courthouse Square District is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2009       The 175th Anniversary of the founding of Crown Point.

2012       October 22 – The new Crown Point Community Library opened on North Main Street.

2016       The new Winfield Library Branch opens.

2016       Indiana Bicentennial.  Statehood day is December 11th.

2018       The “Grand Old Lady” or the Lake Court House turns 140.

2018       The Crown Point Community Library celebrates 110 years of serving the community.

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