Towns Named Fulton

I have tracked down all 24 of the towns named Fulton, and there are lots of them remaining in the United States. Most of them were not named for the inventor of the steamboat, Robert Fulton. The ones that were include the Fultons in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Robert was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Some of the Fultons are quite large like the Fulton in Missouri near Columbia that is home to Westminster University where Winston Churchill gave his famous Iron Curtain speech. Ruth and I have been to this campus and I highly recommend the museum there and the Churchill memorabilia it displays. I especially enjoyed seeing his art and his pipe. The population of Fulton, MO makes it one of the largest Fultons. It’s home to 12,701 people in 2021.

Some of the Fultons remaining are quite small. The Fulton in Alabama, for example, has only 223 residents remaining in the year 2020. It’s on the Alabama map, however. The Fultons in Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Texas were not named for the steamship inventor. There are close to 5,000 people living in them, however. The West Virginia Fulton was named for a local politician and is near Wheeling.

There is a town called Fulton in Tennessee near the Mississippi River in Lauderdale County. It is near the town of Ripley. There is a Fulton County in Ohio with a town in it called Fultonham. It is just south of the state of Michigan, which has 3 Fultons. The largest one is near Kalamazoo.

The Fulton in Kentucky is one of the more interesting Fultons, It was once the banana capital of the world. Bananas were off- loaded in New Orleans and shipped to Fulton for distribution around the USA. It was not one of the Fultons named for Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamship.

My Rand McNally atlas gives the population for several Fultons including the ones in Maryland near my roots in Pennsylvania. It also gives the population of the Fulton in Mississippi near Tupelo and the Fulton in Illinois across the Mississippi River from Clinton, Iowa. Iowa has its own Fulton not too far from the one in Illinois. It is on my map of Iowa not too far from the town of Maquoketa that is not far from 2 towns with interesting names, Nashville and Lost Nation.

There is a Fulton in Kansas not too far from the town of Fort Scott, which has a national historical site worth seeing when you’re in the area. As you can see, I’m kind of an expert on towns named Fulton. I had planned to do another inventor today named Thomas Edison. There are reportedly 11 towns named Edison around the world but I think it’s best to save this for another day.


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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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