Morris


Morris is located in north-central Jefferson County in the north-central part of Alabama above Birmingham. It has a mayor/council form of government.

History 

Settlers had already arrived in the area around present-day Morris by the time Alabama became a state in 1819, and a Baptist church was constructed soon after. The area was known variously as Shad Town, Kennedysville, and Kennelsville, according to some sources.

Morris proper was one of a number of towns that arose in the 1870s and 1880s following the arrival of the South and North Railroad (later the Louisville and Nashville Railroad) and the development of neighboring coal fields. The Jefferson Coal Company, owned by Truman Aldrich, Marshall Morris, and S. D. Holt, was incorporated at Morris in 1876. Coal from this venture fueled successful tests to determine the feasibility of creating coke pig iron at the Oxmoor furnace. Morris was incorporated on September 19, 1885, and was possibly named for a railroad official, for George Lafayette Morris, a founder of the Morris Mining Company, or for the aforementioned Marshall Morris. The town was again incorporated on again July 11, 1950.

Demographics 

The population in Morris at the time of the 2010 Census was 1,859. Of that number, 97.7 percent reported itself as white, 1.1 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 1.0 percent as African American, 0.4 percent as two or more races, 0.3 percent as Asian, and 0.1 percent as American Indian and Alaska Native. The median household income in Morris, according to Census estimates, is $61,172 and per capita income $27,289.

Employment 

According to Census estimates, the Morris workforce is divided among the following major industrial categories:

· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (26.6   percent)
· Retail trade (10.8 percent)
· Manufacturing (9.6 percent)
· Construction (9.3 percent)
· Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (8.6   percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (7.2 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (6.8 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food   services (5.3 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (5.2 percent)
· Public administration (4.7 percent)
· Wholesale trade (3.6 percent)
· Information (2.3 percent)

Education 

Public education in Morris is administered by Jefferson County, which oversees one elementary school and a school for the disabled. The elementary school serves approximately 715 students and employs approximately 50 teachers.

Transportation 

Morris is accessed by U.S. Highway 31 that runs north-south and lies just east of Interstate 65. It is approximately 20 miles from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Events and Places of Interest 

The city supports several parks, including a sports park with several baseball/softball diamonds. Listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage is the Snow-Rogers House (ca. 1898). The 18-hole public Green Briar Golf Course is located nearby.

Christopher Maloney
Auburn University


Published May 10, 2013
Last updated May 14, 2013