Street naming honors family in Crown Point

- BY CARRIE NAPOLEON Post-Tribune correspond­ent

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.

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