Mount Morris, Illinois

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Mount Morris is a village in Mount Morris Township, Ogle County, Illinois, United States. The population was 3,013 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Mount Morris is located at 42°2′51″N 89°26′2″W / 42.0475°N 89.43389°W / 42.0475; -89.43389 (42.047614, -89.433972).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.

History

Mt. Morris is home of the Illinois Freedom Bell, which is located in the town square. The area that is now the town square used to be the campus of one of Illinois' first institutes of higher learning, Mount Morris College.[citation needed] It was first a Methodist school and was later affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. The college closed after numerous fires, including one fire that leveled the boys' dormitory.[citation needed] Fires have played a major role in village history. The village's old junior high school, while undergoing demolition, caught fire and burned right before the school district merged with the Oregon School District in 1993. (The first graduating class of the newly combined Oregon School District was class of 1994.)[citation needed] In addition, several shops on Wesley Avenue, the main street, were lost to a fire on December 5, 1999. On February 12, 2004, the Rahn Elementary School was lost to fire when a janitor attempted to thaw out a downspout with an industrial tile heat gun.[citation needed]

Recreation

Parks include Dillehay Park, Mounder Park, and Zickuhr Park.[citation needed] Dillehay Park is located in the southeast portion of the village. Zickuhr Park is located in the western part of town, and has one softball diamond, basketball courts, and an array of playground equipment.[citation needed] Mounder Park houses a skating park, a pavilion, and the playground equipment that was donated by the school after the Rahn fire.

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