De Immigrant Windmill

City of Fulton Info

City of Fulton Info

Fulton is a friendly and wholesome rural community located in northwestern Illinois, in Whiteside County, which sits on the banks of the Mississippi River.

The City of Fulton has a population of 3,647 people according to the 2020 Census and covers an area of 2.3 square miles. Fulton is known for its pride in its Dutch heritage.  Fulton currently has five main attractions for visitors to explore: the Fulton (Martin House) Historical Museum,  the Andresen Nature Center, 12-acre pioneer village known as Heritage Canyon, a fully functional windmill named "de Immigrant", and the Windmill Cultural Center.  Recreational opportunities exist for all four seasons including a marina, an extensive bike/hike/walking trail and a hotel to offer lodging.

Fulton is situated on the banks of the beautiful and majestic Misssissipi River, is on the historic "Lincoln Highway", the "Ronald Reagan Trail", the "Great River Road", and "Great River Trail".   On the edge of town, see Lock & Dam 13, Sand Prairie, Sunfish Slough, Cattail Slough, and Mickelson's Landing.  Fulton has a public school district which is consolidated between two neighboring towns and also is home to a private school system. There is a wonderful variety in the types of business that reside in Fulton proper and unincorporated Fulton.  Fulton is a great community to live and raise a family or to retire to.  Residents know who their neighbors are and genuinely care. 

Numerous eateries offer a plethora of food items to choose from.  Many of the retail and service businesses are located in our historic downtown for close and easy shopping.  The majority of Fulton's large service, industrial, agricultural, and manufacturing companies are situated on the outskirts near rail, river, and highway access.  Fulton also has acreages available, and ready for larger companies to expand or break ground on. Explore, experience, and enjoy Fulton...we are open for business! 

City Hall Hours: Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm

City Hall Phone:  815-589-2616

City Statistics:

Mayoral Form of Government:
City Council Members: 9 (including Mayor)
City Wards: 4 (2 members each ward)
City Hall Personnel: 2
City Public Works Dept: 7 full-time & 4 part-time (seasonal)
Tourism Office

Transportation Service:

Whiteside County Public Transit

Law Enforcement, Firefighters, & EMS:
Law enforcement personnel: 10 full-time & 2 part-time
Fire fighter personnel: 30 (some are dual volunteers)
EMS personnel: 20 (some are dual volunteers)

General Facilities:
Banks: 2
Credit Union: 1
Public Library: 1
Health Clinic: 2
Dental Clinic: 1 

Chamber of Commerce: No

Recreation Facilities:
Parks: 7
Golf courses: 1 (private)
Disc Golf Course: 1
Boat Launches: 3

Accommodations and Lodging:
Fulton Motels: AmericInn   Rooms: 52

 Other hotels/motels within 10 miles:

Country Inn and Suites

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Hampton Inn

Baymont Inn and Suites


  Riverview RV Park -  Clinton, IA  (1.4 mi.)

  USACE Thomson Causeway - Thomson, IL (8.9 mi.)

  Morrison Rockwood State Park - Morrison, IL  (15 mi.)

  Historical Museum & Attractions:

  Historical Museum: 3
  Attractions: 7

For more on attractions

360 Photo Tour

Heritage Canyon - 1
Heritage Canyon - 2

Windmill Video

Lock & Dam 13 Video

Andresen Nature Center