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Fulton County is a county located in the state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a
population of 37,069. Fulton County was created
on January 28, 1823. The county seat is Lewistown, and the largest city is Canton.
The county is named for Robert Fulton (1765-1815),
inventor of the steamboat.
Fulton County comprises the Canton, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Peoria-Canton, IL Combined Statistical Area. Fulton County is part of Forgottonia.
The county is named for Robert Fulton, first successful builder of steamboats on American waters.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Fulton County was created on January 28, 1823 (Laws, 1823, p. 88) and was formed from Pike County. Present area, or
parts of it, formerly included in: Madison County (1812-1821), Pike County (1821-1823) and St. Clair County (1795-1812).
The County was named for Robert Fulton, the first successful builder of steamboats on American waters. The County Seat is Lewistown (1823-Present). Originally Fulton Courthouse; changed to Lewistown on March 14, 1831.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 883 square miles (2,286 km2), of which, 866 square miles (2,242 km2) of it is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) of it (1.92%) is water.
Fulton county is located close to the center of Illinois. The largest city in the
county is Canton and the smallest is Marbletown which contains 1 house. (US Census Bureau).
Fulton County is the site of Dickson Mounds Museum, a state museum of
Native American daily life in the Illinois River valley. The Emiquon
National Wildlife Refuge is located in this county. Anderson Lake State
Fish & Wildlife Area is located in this county.
Bordering counties are as follows: