A bridge named after him, too

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton The plaque on the James Morrison Memorial Bridge – also known as the Casey Bridge – over the location of his Island home on Rt. 59 which is now underneath the Allegheny Reservoir.

Some call it the Morrison Bridge.

Some call it the Casey Bridge.

Others simply know it as the bridge over the Allegheny Reservoir on Rt. 59.

But a 1978 action by the Pennsylvania General Assembly settles the debate – the “James Morrison Memorial Bridge.”

According to Act 4 of 1978, available in digital form on the General Assembly’s website, the bridge was officially named on October 4, 1978.

Here’s what the designation says:

“James Morrison, who moved with his family to Warren County about 1800, is believed to have been the first permanent settler of Kinzua Township. Previously, Morrison had rendered active service during the Revolutionary War, having engaged in combat at Staten Island in 1776 and in the crucial victory at Trenton on the day after Christmas. In recognition of the firesight, courage and independence of this early Pennsylvania pioneer, the General Assembly hereby recognizes his achievements by affixing his name to a bridge in his adopted Warren County.

“The bridge on T.R. 59… approximately 9.6 miles east of Warren Borough and 0.3 mile west of the Warren-McKean County line, is hereby officially designated as the ‘James Morrison Memorial Bridge.'”