Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques

Town of Morris

Town of Morris
(Courtesy of the Archives of Manitoba)
Installed 1958
Morris Museum, PTH 75

The Morris River, known as the Scratching River in 1801 was the site of North West Co., and XY Co., fur-trading posts. Settlement began in 1874 where the trail from Pembina crossed the river, and the settlers were of British ancestry, mainly from Ontario. Both the town and river were named after the Hon. Alexander Morris, Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba 1872-1877. The town was incorporated in 1883. To the west lies Lowe Farm, a village named for John Lowe, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, who owned and farmed a large tract of land here.