Introduction to Morton, Illinois
The first settlers arrived in Morton between 1830 and 1835 from England, Ohio and New York. It was named in honor of Governor Morton of Massachusetts. Morton had not only extremely fertile farm land, but also a variety of industries from its early days. These led to the rapid growth and development of the area.
Morton and nearby Attractions
- Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences
- Morton Public Library
- Advent Lutheran Church
- Ossami Lake
- Glen Oak Zoo
- Birchwood Park
Things To Do In Morton
While in Morton, one can visit the John C. Flanagan House Museum and the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences. Township hall, city hall, and the public library provide valuable information about the local history and culture. One can also plan a trip to the village parks, or the nearby Glen Oak Zoo. In addition, Morton hosts the famous Pumpkin Festival, which features the traditional contest of hurling pumpkins from giant contraptions. This annual festival draws large crowds from the neighboring areas.
Air transportation facilities are available at the Greater Peoria Regional Airport.
Morton Higher Education
Higher educational opportunities are provided by Bradley University, the Illinois Central College and Illinois State University.