Fulton, Illinois - Great River Road
"De Immigrant" Fulton's Dutch Windmill
Fulton is located at the intersection of two National Scenic Byways (Illinois Lincoln Highway - US 30 and the Great River Road Scenic Byway). Situated at the narrows in the river, Fulton became a key steam boat port joining the upper and lower portions of the Mississippi River. Geologically it is at the southern terminus of the Driftless Area. The functioning windmill, built in the Netherlands, symbolizes the community's Dutch heritage as does its annual spring festival "Dutch Days" held the first weekend in May.
Some 2012 Events to consider
- May 4 -5 : Dutch Days Festival
- Oct 6 - 7 : Fall Festival
Fulton's first settling was in 1835 and its oldest standing building, the Noble House, was built in 1841. There are over 25 structures in its Historic District Walking Tour located several blocks from the river (a safer location due to frequent flooding). A 35 foot levee now protects downtown Fulton and its windmill (named "De Immigrant") is the centerpiece of Den Besten Park that overlooks the river. The Great River Bike Trail runs through this park along the top of the levee.
Visitors will enjoy touring the windmill and the nearby antique and gift shops. Another popular attraction is Heritage Canyon, a recreation of an 1800s working village located in a 12 acre preserve on the northern edge of town. Three miles north of Fulton is the visitor center of Lock and Dam 13.
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< < < The gardener with a wheelbarrow full of tulips symbolizes the Dutch heritage of Fulton.
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This fisherman is appropriately attired in wooden shoes.
The park on the Levee. > > >