Photo from the Lake County Historical Museum: Couples standing in line at the Clerk's Office in the courthouse waiting to obtain their marriage licenses (c1930).
Years ago, Crown Point was known for its quickie no-wait weddings. Crown Point was aptly named the Marriage Mill, because it turned out countless weddings between 1915 and 1940. The reason? There was no wait for a marriage license. Couples from all over the nation came to the Marriage Mill, much like they do Vegas today and the Crown Point Courthouse is bringing the Mill back to life.
Couples can now join the ranks of other famous faces who have been married at the historic venue including: Rudolph Valentino, Muhammad Ali and Ronald Reagan.
Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. you can visit the Courthouse and get married for $150/couple (excluding holidays). Couples can choose to hold their ceremony in the courtroom, on the steps of the “Grand Old Lady,” or in the rotunda (inside the historic building). Couples must obtain a marriage license beforehand (by visiting the Lake County Government Complex in Crown Point).
Call ahead to 219-663-0660 for details; ceremonies can be booked in advance.