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SERGEANT BULLDOG, USMC
Crown Point, Indiana
Contributed by Gerald Thurman of Tempe, Arizona
Marine Bulldog in Crown point, Indiana

This work of roadside art appears to be protecting the local postal carrier on her appointed rounds. It's located across the street from the "Grand Old Lady," the famous Lake County Courthouse which was built in 1878. [We do not know the name of the artist who created this sculpture, but if you send us an e-mail with the information, we will update this page.]

Crown Point, Indiana has many claims to fame. It was the site of the 1909 Cobe Cup, the first major automotive race in the United States. The Cobe Cup paved the way for the creation of the Indianapolis 500. For many years, Crown Point was known as the "Marriage Mill" because liberal marriage regulations attracted an estimated 175,000 couples between 1915 and 1940. Several famous people including Muhammed Ali, Ronald Reagan and Rudolph Valentino were married in Crown Point (not to each other!) More interesting historical notes are online here as well as a list of annual events. Crown Point is located in the northwest corner of Indiana near Interstate 65, about 50 miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois.

202 Courthouse Square
Crown Point, IN 46307

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Photographed by Gerald Thurman 8/12/05
Posted on RoadTrip America 5/07



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