Place:Mount Morris, Livingston, New York, United States


NameMount Morris
Coordinates42.723°N 77.877°W
Located inLivingston, New York, United States

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Mount Morris is a village located in the Town of Mount Morris in Livingston County, New York, USA. The population was 2,986 at the 2010 census. The village and town are named after Robert Morris.

The Village of Mount Morris is at the northeastern entrance to Letchworth State Park, which contains a scenic gorge and triple waterfall on the Genesee River. The village is in the northern part of the Town of Mt. Morris.



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The community was first called "Allen Hill" and "Richmond Hill" by early settler Ebenezer Allen. The Village of Mount Morris was incorporated in 1835. It was then named after Robert Morris, the financier of the American Revolution, and later owner of The Morris Reserve, from which the lands around Mount Morris were sold to settlers. It was suggested that these lands were sold at unfairly low prices to friends of the Morris estate, in an attempt to create something akin to an oligarchical rule by landowners in the area.

The main trade route in the town's early days was the Genesee Valley Canal which ran from the Erie Canal at Rochester to Wellsville. The Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway have built hiking trails along some of the canal route. The canal was abandoned in the 1870s and later used as a railroad right of way for a succession of railroads, which eventually consolidated into the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Mount Morris Academy was an important early school, but it closed down in 1867.

Just upstream from the village is the Mount Morris Dam (550 ft/168 m long, 216 ft/66 m high), which was built between 1948 and 1952 for flood control of the lower Genesee Valley. An earlier and much smaller dam, still extant in the village, was used for mills; now it is a small hydroelectric generating station.

In the early 21st century, Greg O’Connell, a retired New York City detective and developer of properties in Red Hook, Brooklyn, bought 19 buildings along the town's main street in an effort to revive the downtown area.

Past residents of note

  • John Wesley Powell, the first white man to navigate and chart the Colorado River.Joseph Strauss, born on November 16, 1861 in Mount Morris, NY, son of a dry goods merchant. Joseph Strauss was the third son and fourth child of Raphael Strauss and Sarah Metger Strauss. Joseph completed his primary school in Mount Morris before his family relocated to Lynchburg, VA where he joined the US Navy and was nominated to a seat in the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from the Academy in 1885 and was commissioned Ensign on July 1, 1887. Joseph began a distinguished career as a specialist in ordinance in the US Navy and in service to our country. Serving in the Spanish–American War and blockading the Cuban coast, he returned to the Bureau of Ordinance where he established the Naval Proving Grounds. In World War I he was designated Commander, Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal both for directing the laying of the North Sea Mine Barrage and for the hazardous task of clearing it after peace came. As Commander of the Asiatic Fleet with the rank of Admiral, he worked with Congress on budgetary appropriations and later served on the Advisory Board of Battleship Plans. Retiring from the Navy in 1930, Admiral Strauss was a founder of the Naval Historical Society and a long time financial adviser of the Navy Relief Society. Among his inventions were the superimposed system of mounting guns; the first spring recoil gun mount, the first disappearing mount for deck guns of submarines, and the 12-inch gun, the fore-runner of the mighty guns for capital ships' main batteries. He received a special letter of appreciation from Secretary of the Navy Charles F. Adams in 1929 for his work on safety devices of submarines and the salvaging of sunken submarines. He died 30 December 1948 and was buried in the Arlington National Cemetery).
  • Roscoe C. Barnes (Ross Barnes), who hit the first recorded home run in professional baseball and is credited with the title of the first batting champion of the National League.

National Register of Historic Places

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