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A Little History of Morris

History of Morris: A Journey Through Time

Incorporated in 1885, Morris is a quaint town nestled within 3.0 square miles along the picturesque U.S. Highway 31 in the heart of northern Jefferson County, just south of Kimberly. With a population of 2,259 Morris stands as a testament to the rich history and vibrant community spirit that has defined it for over a century.

Early Beginnings: Shad Town to Morris Proper

The roots of Morris extend back to the early 19th century when settlers established a Baptist church in the area shortly after Alabama gained statehood in 1819. The town underwent various names such as Shad Town, Kennedysville, and Kennelsville before evolving into Morris proper.

In the 1870s and 1880s, Morris witnessed significant growth with the arrival of the South and North Railroad, later known as the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, and the development of nearby coal fields. Notably, the Jefferson Coal Company, founded by Truman Aldrich, Marshall Morris, and S. D. Holt, was incorporated in 1876. The success of this venture fueled tests that confirmed the viability of creating coke pig iron at the Oxmoor furnace.

Railroad Expansion and Incorporation

In 1915, Morris experienced a transformative moment with the extension of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad through the town, connecting it by rail to the bustling city of Birmingham. This marked a pivotal juncture in Morris's history, solidifying its role in the region's transportation network.

Officially incorporated on September 19, 1885, Morris was possibly named after a railroad official, Marshall Morris, or George Lafayette Morris, a founder of the Morris Mining Company. The town was reincorporated on July 11, 1950, securing its status as a resilient and enduring community.

Landmarks and Community Life

Morris boasts a rich tapestry of landmarks and community spaces. The Snow Rogers House, a historical gem, stands as a testament to the town's architectural heritage. Additionally, the town is currently home to two thriving churches: Enon Baptist Church and Eagle's Wing Church, reflecting the diverse spiritual fabric of the community.

Outside the city limits, on Ball Park Road, lies the Jefferson County Cemetery, historically used as a potter's field. This serves as a poignant reminder of the town's past and its commitment to preserving its heritage.

Modern Connectivity and Infrastructure

While Morris has evolved over the years, it retains its charm and close-knit community feel. Highway 31 serves as the town's main artery, connecting it to neighboring Pinson and providing a vital lifeline to the region. Interstate 65, just west of Morris, further enhances connectivity, with exit 275 to the south servicing the town.

Mayor/Council Governance and Future Aspirations

Morris operates under a mayor/council form of government, ensuring local leadership is attuned to the needs and aspirations of its residents. As the town looks towards the future, it remains dedicated to preserving its unique identity, fostering community spirit, and embracing progress while cherishing its rich history.

Join us in Morris, where the echoes of the past harmonize with the promise of tomorrow, creating a town that truly stands the test of time.

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