Morris may not have existed if it had not been for Canal Commissioner, Isaac Morris, who chose the current site for the new town, platted in 1842, along the 96 mile route of the new Illinois and Michigan Canal. The canal, built by Irish Immigrants, opened in 1848 connecting Lake Michigan at Chicago with the Illinois River at LaSalle.
Stroll or bike along the banks of the canal beginning at Gebhard Woods State Park on the west side. Your journey has you cross an aqueduct, go past the Historical Society Museum and stop at a replica of a canal freight packet boat. The canal may also be accessed at Canalport Park the end of Liberty Street.