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Fulton, Illinois
The Fulton War Memorial
In memory of
the men of
Fulton and vicinity
who answered
the call of our country
in the
Civil Wr 1861-1865
Spanish-American War 1989
World War I 1917-1918
“It is an investment not a loss
when a man gives his life for his country.”
Presented by
The Women’s Civic Club, 1927

Lunch at Krumpet's, always good
People are always taking pictures of their food for Instagram and so on. Here's mine, my place setting.
Great storefronts and a town of unusual interest (see notes below).
Sitting across the street at Words of Wisdom Bookstore

Route 52 going to Dubuque is slighty spooky. It feels narrow, closed in, and you can't be sure what might be over the next hill or around the next corner.

Some background on Fulton (taken from the city's website and Wiki, not original with AJF)

A post office called Fulton has been in operation since 1838. The city was named for Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat.

Fulton’s Mormon Connection

Wife of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism. In Fulton, Illinois September 18, 1846 to Spring 1847 Age 42. Docked at End of Cherry Street (10th Avenue — near windmill) Rented Apartment NE Corner of Base & Wall Street (12th Avenue & 4th Street)
Emma Hale Smith came to Fulton, Illinois, in the fall of 1846 because she feared for the safety of her family. Emma's husband, Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, had been killed in 1844 in the Carthage jail. Emma had six siblings living in Dixon, Amboy, and Sublette. She traveled upriver to Fulton from Nauvoo, IL, aboard the steamer the Uncle Toby. Her journey took six days with her children Julia 15, Joseph 13, Fredhist-emmahale-2.jpgerick 10, Alexander 8, and David 2.
In Fulton, Emma rented space in a large, white 2-story boarding house at the NE corner of 12th Avenue and 4th Street. She and the children found normalcy in Fulton's river setting and the winter refuge enabled them the opportunity to restore their physical and mental health.
At her death in 1879, a letter to the editor of the Fulton Journal wrote, "It seemed to me that the rocky hills of Pennsylvania had developed in her a character of uprightness and integrity that carried her bravely through trials that would have overwhelmed women of more common mould."
Emma was closely associated with three prominent men in Mormon history: 1) husband, Joseph Smith, 2) friend and antagonist, Brigham Young and 3) son, Joseph Smith III, first president of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints. Quoted from https://www.cityoffulton.us/tourism/historical-articles.html, official website of the town of Fulton. 9-10-2017

From Wiki: "Fulton is a city most known for its pride in its Dutch heritage. This is shown through the addition of a traditional Dutch windmill, De Immigrant, located near the city's dike, which borders the Mississippi. Other local attractions include: the Martin House Museum, Heritage Canyon, the Dutch Days festival held annually on the first weekend of May, and of course its great view of the river."

(from the city's website)

Fulton's Dutch Windmill was manufactured and pre-assembled in the Netherlands.

Following the delivery to Fulton, the Windmill was assembled and installed by Dutch craftsmen. Standing nearly 100 ft. tall, the massive timbers are assembled by wooden pegs. Dedication of the new Dutch Windmill took place during the Dutch Days Festival 2000.

This authentic Dutch windmill was constructed on the flood control dike in the heart of Fulton. The windmill was engineered and pre-fabricated in the Netherlands and shipped to the United States in containers by ship, rail, and truck transportation. Dutch millwrights and masons traveled to the United States on three separate occasions and rebuilt the windmill in Fulton.

The windmill is fully operational. The entire head (or cap) can turn and the sails move by wind power. The mill is also fully functional with a set of blue basalt millstones that can produce a variety of flours. Stone-ground buckwheat, corn, rye, and wheat flours are all manufactured at "De Immigrant" and are for sale in the gift shop at the Windmill Cultural Center. The stones take up three floors with various machineries, and millers can grind approximately 1 bushel of grain every 10 minutes, wind permitting.

Access to the windmill is at the front entrance on 10th Avenue and 1st Street. Stairways lead up into the windmill. Access to the windmill can also be reached by walkways on the top of the dike. The windmill is partially handicap accessible.

The Fulton Historical Society is located in a Civil War era home donated to the City by Leonard and Maxine Martin. The Society is responsible for the operation of the home as a repository of information and materials relevant to the history of the City of Fulton and its inhabitants. In addition, the Society wishes to preserve the heritage of the community and provide educational opportunities for the purpose of increasing and enriching public knowledge. For more information about the Historical Society and The Fulton (Martin House) Museum.