Kappa Alpha Order fraternity house on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Editorial credit: Nagel Photography / Shutterstock.com

Fulton, Missouri

Fulton is a small city and county seat of Callaway County situated in the central portion of the US State of Missouri. The city is situated approximately 35km northeast of the Missouri River and the state's capital - Jefferson City; and 32km east of the city of Columbia. Fulton covers a total area of 32.12 sq. km, of which 31.75 sq. km is land, and 0.36 sq. km is covered by water. Fulton is the 63rd largest city in Missouri and the 2652nd largest city in the United States.

Climate Of Fulton

A Family Video store in Fulton, Missouri
A Family Video store in Fulton, Missouri. Editorial credit: Logan Bush / Shutterstock.com

The temperature in Fulton ranges typically from -5°C to 31.1°C throughout the year, seldom falling below -14.4°C or rising beyond 35.5°C. January is the coldest month in Fulton, with an average high temperature of 2.8°C and a low temperature of -5°C. July has the highest average high temperature of 30.8°C and the lowest average low temperature of 19.8°C. According to the tourism score, the ideal time of year to visit Fulton for warm-weather activities is from late May to late September.

History Of Fulton

A sundial in front of the pillars on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri
A sundial in front of the pillars on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Editorial credit: Nagel Photography / Shutterstock.com

In 1808 Cote Sans Dessein on the Missouri River was the first European settlement in what is now Callaway County. At the time, the area was part of Louisiana Territory, which the United States had bought from France in 1803. The site of Missouri's permanent state capital (Cote Sans Dessein) was first chosen, but the location was moved to Jefferson City due to concerns regarding property ownership. Fulton, which was established as a city on March 14, 1859, has a mostly southern culture. The coastal and upland southerners who settled on the land brought enslaved people with them and built an agricultural economy. This link to southern ancestry was best demonstrated in 1875 when former Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis traveled to Fulton to make a speech. More than 10,000 people packed the old fairgrounds, now known as Westminster College's Priest Field, to hear Davis speak. Because of a novel written by Fulton local Henry Bellamann, the Fulton community has gained worldwide fame. Fulton is supposed to have served as Bellamann's inspiration for the imaginary settlement of King's Row, a city in his novel. "King's Row" sparked speculation regarding its similarity to people and circumstances in the region.

A beautiful view of a great spring day in Fulton, Missouri
A beautiful view of a great spring day in Fulton, Missouri. Editorial credit: Wirestock Creators / Shutterstock.com

Population And Economy Of Fulton

As per the recent US Census, the current population of Fulton is 12,437 people. Fulton's population is now falling at a -0.42 % yearly pace, and it has declined by -2.76 % since the 2010 census, which recorded a population of 12,790. Fulton has an average household income of $57,432 and a poverty rate of 19.72 %. In recent years, the median rent has been $650 per month, with a median house value of $126,800. Health Care & Social Assistance, Educational Services, and Retail Trade are the city's most important industries.

Attractions In Fulton

The National Churchill Museum

Bronze Statue of Winston Churchill at National Churchill Museum
Bronze Statue of Winston Churchill in front of a church at Westminster College that serves as the National Churchill Museum, where the Iron Curtain Speech was made in 1946. Editorial credit: RozenskiP / Shutterstock.com

This site emphasizes Winston Churchill's story, his global leadership, and the major international events that occurred during his lifetime. It is located in a beautiful church constructed by Christopher Wren. Visitors may see interactive videos on how he led the United Kingdom through WWII, as Walter Cronkite recounted. The US Congress officially inducted the institution as America's enduring memorial to Churchill in 2009, naming it America's National Churchill Museum.

Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society

The organization, which was created in 1960, is in charge of recovering, conserving, and sharing historical events and artifacts from the region as well as its famous figures with the general public.

Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area

Outdoor enthusiasts will be captivated and fascinated by Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area. The 733-acre property features meadows, wooded areas, and fish research ponds. From hunting to wildlife viewing, this place has it all. Visitors can try their luck at catching catfish and largemouth bass in the lake. The grassy areas are peaceful and ideal for picnics, and there is a pavilion where you may relax with friends or family. A variety of pathways and a boat dock are also available at this site.

Auto World Car Museum

Fulton also has one of the Midwest's largest and most comprehensive collections of historic vehicles. Bill Backer, who owned the Backer Potato Chip Company in Fulton, also established the Auto World Museum. The museum is roughly 18,000 square feet and houses over 60 automobiles. It also has a gift shop with auto-related items and a special events section with room for 150 people.

The Brick District Playhouse

The Brick District Playhouse is housed in a 1928 historic theater. It provided the neighborhood with entertaining film movies and vaudeville shows for over 80 years. On-site events include festivals, concerts, children's theater, traveling shows, and many more.

Truman Lake

Truman Lake offers a lovely backdrop for both serene and energetic outdoor activities. The trees around the lake give shaded green spots for bird watching and picnics. Many people go there to hike, get some fresh air, and admire nature's treasures.

Fulton is a terrific vacation destination that will appeal to everyone. This region has a lot to offer people, whether they wish to take a break from the rush and bustle of life or discover new interests.

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