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Fulton, Illinois - Great River Road

De Immigrant Fulton Illinois' Dutch Windmill
"De Immigrant" Fulton's Dutch Windmill

scenic byways toursFulton 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.

Great River Road Scenic Byway - Links to Sections:

- Fulton to Prairie Du Chien
- Prairie to LaCrosse to Winona
- Winona to Red Wing

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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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Fulton welcome sign

< < < The gardener with a wheelbarrow full of tulips symbolizes the Dutch heritage of Fulton.

McGergor, Iowa Antique Shops
< < < This fisherman is appropriately attired in wooden shoes.

Fulton riverside park
The park on the Levee. > > >

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De Immigrant Fulton Windmill

< < < The De Immigrant Windmill is open for tours and milling demonstrations weekends in May and October and daily from June 1st to September 30th.
De Immigrant Fulton Windmill

The pitch of the windmill blades can be adjusted depending on the wind. In addition when the wind is light, "sails" are added to the blades to better catch the wind.

windmill gears

< < < The blades turn a massive set of wooden gears. . . .

windmill gears
< < < that turns a shaft that operates huge blue basalt milling stones used to mill wheat, rye, buckwheat, and corn.

windmill stone ground flour
Jo bought some corn meal from the Mill's gift shop and it made about the most delicious corn bread we've ever had.

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Susan's Calico Creations

< < < One of the interesting shops in downtown Fulton is Susan's Calico Creations. On the first floor is an extensive quilt shop. The second floor features fine hardwood unfinished and custom finished furniture. The third floor is the Christmas Shop.
Susan's Calico Creations
< < < Many finished quilts with a Christmas themes decorate the Christmas Shop. All the quilts, furniture and craft and gift items are for sale.

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Thomson Causeway Corps of Engineers Recreation Area

Situated at a 3 mile wide portion of the Mississippi, eight miles north of Fulton, is the Thomson Causeway Corps of Engineers Recreation area. It offers 131 excellent RV-friendly campsites, a day use picnic area, a nature trail, fishing and boating.

red triangleClick Here to see Mississippi Palisades State Park, Savanna, IL

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Links to things to see & do in Fulton, IL & Savanna, Illinois

quiltbullet City of Fulton Web Site
quiltbullet De Immigrant Windmill
quiltbullet Heritage Canyon
quiltbullet Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge
quiltbullet Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
quiltbullet Mississippi Palisades State Park
quiltbullet Savanna Chamber of Commerce

More Great River Road Scenic Byway Pages

- Scenic Drive from Fulton to Galena to Prairie Du Chien
- Scenic Drive from Prairie Du Chien to LaCrosse to Winona
- Scenic Drive from Winona to Red Wing

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