Fulton County, Illinois

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Fulton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 38,250. Its county seat is Lewistown, Illinois[1]. Canton is the largest city. Both cities are southwest of Peoria, and the county is considered a part of the wider Peoria Consolidated Statistical Area.

The Canton Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Fulton County.

George Hall is the Chairman of the Fulton County Board and a former Board member since 2007, hired as Chairman by the Board in December 2010. Mike Hays is the County Administrator, hired in October 2009.



Fulton County was organized in 1823 from Pike County. It is named for Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat. It was the home of famous poet/writer Edgar Lee Masters in his early days; he wrote the famous Spoon River Anthology (1915). Fulton County was home to Camp Ellis during World War II.

The county is known for the annual Spoon River Scenic Drive which occurs the first 2 weekends in October. This has been a tradition since 1968 and attracts thousands of participants from all over the country.

Fulton County between 1823 and 1825, including a large tract of unorganized territory temporarily attached.[2]

Fulton County in 1825, reduced to its current size, its unorganized territory formed into new counties.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 883 square miles (2,287.0 km2), of which 866 square miles (2,242.9 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44.0 km2) (1.92%) is water. The largest city in the county is Canton and the smallest is Marbletown which contains 1 house. (U.S.Census Bureau)

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