Place:Morton, Tazewell, Illinois, United States


Coordinates40.612°N 89.463°W
Located inTazewell, Illinois, United States
Contained Places
Old Apostolic Cemetery
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Morton is a village in Tazewell County, Illinois, USA, known for its pumpkins and annual Pumpkin Festival. The population was 16,267 at the 2010 Census. Morton, the home of a Caterpillar Inc. distribution facility and a Libby's pumpkin cannery, is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. Morton is also home to the corporate headquarters of Morton Buildings Inc. It holds its annual Morton Pumpkin Festival in the second week of September. It is claimed that 85 percent of the world's canned pumpkin is produced in Morton, earning it the designation "Pumpkin Capital of the World".

The town garnered national attention on September 29, 2013 when Fox News broke the story of a Morton neighborhood which had blocked a Habitat for Humanity home being built for a hearing-disabled, two-bronze medal army veteran. According to the report, the neighbors objected to the quality of the house cladding, so they petitioned to block the construction. An outpouring of sympathy, locally, nationally and internationally, brought in donations to upgrade the home so that neighbors could be satisfied and the construction could begin.

Family Circle magazine ranked Morton one of its "10 best towns for families" in 2013.

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