Street naming honors family in Crown Point
CROWN POINT — For at least 20 years, a short road serving an industrial area near Foote Street, off Summit Street, has been the street with no name.
That changed last week, when city officials moved to finally give the street its own designation while honoring a family with long ties to public service in Crown Point.
Conquest Place was approved by the Board of Public Works and Safety 4-0 with one member, Michael Conquest, abstaining.
Mayor David Uran said the name was appropriate as he unveiled the street sign. He said Michael Conquest has served the city on multiple boards and commissions and in three terms on the council, continuing a tradition of community involvement.
“This family has been instrumental in Crown Point,” Uran said.
Jay Olson, director of public works, said the street was accepted into the city’s inven- tory several months ago after its long ago construction to service an industrial area. It was never given a name and it is not used as a through street. He said naming the street after the Conquest family was appropriate, because “it happens to be where the Conquest Ready Mix plant used to be.”
Board of Works member Michael Conquest was surprised Wednesday when Uran pulled out the sign out of the box at the meeting.
Conquest said his family has lived in the city for several generations. His grandfather was the Shell Oil distributor in town and his father Cecil “Pic” Conquest owned a restaurant downtown in the 1950s. He also served one term on the Crown Point City Council. His brother Todd was a volunteer fireman.
“It’s very cool, but it’s kind of embarrassing,” Michael Conquest said, adding he told his wife and called his brothers and children that day to let the family know. His parents and grandparents have passed on.
“It think it’s a very nice thing. It’s a family thing. I like that aspect of it,” he said.