Friday, June 6, 2008

Walk on the set of "Public Enemies"

When Johnny Depp came to Crown Point in March to film portions of Public Enemies, Depp was all that people in Northwest Indiana seemed to talk about for the entire week. One of my coworkers waited entire days just to get a glimpse of Johnny Depp and to shake his hand. Well now you can visit one of the places where part of the film was shot, the historic sheriff's home. As you may recall from local history, John Dillinger escaped from the Lake County Jail in 1934, driving away in the sheriff's car.

I toured the historic home several years ago during a local festival for only $2 -- but those days are gone. The NWI Times reports that "the Old Sheriff's House Foundation is raising the price of its 30 minute tour from $2 to $10." Still not a bad price, and I certainly can't blame them for capitalizing on the fame and attention that has been brought to the site by Public Enemies. If you haven't had a chance to tour it yet, I'd recommend you head on over and do so on a Saturday morning.

Also, check out the courthouse and visit the museum in Crown Point, Indiana; which locals call "the Square." Did you know that silent film star Rudolf Valentino, former president Ronald Reagan, and Cassius Clay (who later became a well known boxer using the name Muhammad Ali) all were married at the courthouse in Crown Point? Just some interesting trivia to use at your next summer barbecue party ;)

UPDATE: Children up to age 12 only pay $5 for admission. Tours are given Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.

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