Fulton, Oswego County, New York

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Fulton is a small city in Oswego County, New York, United States. The population was 11,855 at the 2000 census. The city is named after Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat.

The city of Fulton is located in the western part of the county.

A branch of Cayuga County Community College is in the city, located in the shell of a former department store. Based on the success of the college, plans are underway to find a larger and more desirable location for expansion in or near the Fulton area.

Spring 2008, a Wal-Mart Super-center opened just outside the city limits in Granby. Building of the hotly-contested store was temporarily halted in early 2007 after the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation refused access to the area in order to preserve nesting wildlife during the Spring season.

Local radio station B104.7, which is currently the top ranked radio outlet in Central New York is licensed to Fulton.

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History

The city of Fulton is a community in two parts. The area on the west side of the Oswego River was formerly known as "Oswego Falls" recognizing the nearby rapids on the river. It was one of the first regions settled in the original Town of Granby. Settlement commenced in two west-side locations, the "Upper Landing" and the "Lower Landing." The community was incorporated as a village in 1835. In 1902, the Village of Fulton and the Village of Oswego Falls merged, and was chartered as the City of Fulton. The two sides of the river have long been connected by two bridges-one more commonly known as the "upper bridge" (Broadway/State Route 3) and the other more commonly known as the "lower bridge" (Oneida St.) Both bridges have been rebuilt or refurbished a number of times of the history of the city.

American Woolen Mills, a large textile firm located on the west bank of the Oswego River providing uniforms and other cloth-related supplies for the US Army in both World Wars. Many early Italian and Polish immigrants lived in simple company housing and shopped at the company store during this time period. The factory-owned housing was eventually sold to the employee-occupants. Another large industry located on the west side of the river bank and using the force of the river water to power manufacturing equipment was the Foster Knife Works, a well-known company producing cutlery for both domestic and industrial uses. Besides Poles, the west side of the river was also settled with a sizable community of Italian immigrants as well as Czechoslovakians, Ukrainians, Syrians, and other mostly Eastern European nationalities.

Recreation Park, a city-owned facility on the banks of Lake Neahtawanta once hosted an amusement park, indoor skating/dancing rink as well as the county fair grounds. Today there are both football and softball fields, a waterfront area, pier, sheltered picnic tables, grills, and other outdoor leisure facilities. The Fulton War Memorial, an multipurpose group of buildings housing an exhibition hall and related ante-rooms as well as an adjacent covered arena (can be used for ice skating and related sports in the winter is also featured on the campus. The park adjoins the property occupied by G. Ray Bodley High School and is often used by the students for athletic and social events. On the northwest side of the park is a city-owned camp ground that hosts tents and wheeled camper units throughout the late spring, summer and early fall. Included in the park and campground is a short hiking and conservation-nature trail. Concerts are held during the summer months featuring traditional and diverse styles of music and other entertainment. There are a few fast food facilities and ice cream vendors near the park for those that did not bring their own meals.

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