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Mount Morris Pocket Park

Natural Area or Park
Robert Sutor

The Mount Morris Pocket Park is located at the intersection of Main and State Streets (Routes 36 and 408). The centerpiece of the park is a granite fountain with a bronze eagle statue atop it from 1903. This fountain originally stood at the center of Main Street until 1931 when a car crashed into it and it was moved to the safer location of the Mount Morris Cemetery. The fountain was then relocated to the park.

The park also contains a memorial to Ross Barnes, a baseball pioneer who was born in Mount Morris. The memorial reads:

"Born in Mount Morris, NY, May 8, 1850 to Joseph and Mary Barnes. Barnes played with the Rockford Forest Cities from 1866 to 1870. He began his professional career with the Boston Red Stockings of the National Association in 1871. Barnes played with Boston from 1871 to 1875 and complied a .391 batting average during that period, hitting over .400 three times. In 1876 Barnes joined the Chicago White Stockings of the newly formed National League. He hit .429 and was the league’s first batting champion. He hit the first home run in National League history on May 2, 1876. Barnes again played for Chicago in 1877. He played for Cincinnati in 1879 and finished his major league career in 1881 with Boston. Barnes lived in Chicago following his career and died February 5, 1915. In his obituary, he was described as the 'greatest' second baseman known to the game."