Fulton, Missouri

Fulton, Missouri

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Fulton, Missouri
settlement_type = City
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map_caption = Location of Fulton, Missouri

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Missouri
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Callaway
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area_total_km2 = 29.4
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area_total_sq_mi = 11.4
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 12128
population_density_km2 = 414.0
population_density_sq_mi = 1072.3

timezone = Central (CST)
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elevation_ft = 764
latd = 38 |latm = 51 |lats = 3 |latNS = N
longd = 91 |longm = 56 |longs = 53 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 65251
area_code = 573
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Fulton is a city in Callaway County, Missouri, the United States of America. It is part of the Jefferson City, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 12,128 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Callaway CountyGR|6. Winston Churchill made his famous "Sinews of Peace" (Iron Curtain) speech in Fulton at Westminster College in 1946.


Fulton is located at coor dms|38|51|3|N|91|56|53|W|city (38.850826, -91.948060)GR|1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.4 sq mi (29.4 km²). 11.3 sq mi (29.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km²) of it (0.44%) is water.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 12,128 people, 3,700 households, and 2,208 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,072.3 people per square mile (414.0/km²). There were 4,131 housing units at an average density of 365.2/sq mi (141.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.26% White, 15.44% African American, 0.41% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 3,700 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 20.0% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 16.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 129.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 134.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,635, and the median income for a family was $41,722. Males had a median income of $27,418 versus $21,663 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,489. About 8.4% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.


There are two post-secondary institutions in Fulton: Westminster College and William Woods University. The city was formerly, from 1842 until its closing in 1928, the site of Synodical College, one of the earliest women's colleges in the United States.

Bartley Elementary (K-5), Bush Elementary (K-5), McIntire Elementary(K-5), Fulton Middle School (6-8), Fulton High School(9-12), and Fulton Academy are part of the Fulton Public School system. St. Peters (K-8), and Kingdom Christian Academy (k-8) are both private schools. Missouri School for the Deaf, a state school supervised under The Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE), is also located in Fulton.


The first settlement in the county was 1808 at Cote Sans Dessein along the Missouri River. Early leaders considered the Territory between Wainwright and Tebbetts for the First Missouri State Capital. Callaway County was organized in 1830 and was named after Captain James Callaway who was killed by Indians. Elizabeth became the county seat. Many of the villages and towns in the county today represent places where railroad stations existed in early years.

In 1861, leaders answered the call to defend Callaway County when word arrived that Union troops had advanced to a nearby county. Colonel Jefferson F. Jones, from eastern Callaway County, assembled troops to protect the county. Forces were limited as many were already defending the country, but Jones marched the troops eastward to meet the approaching companies.

The successful defense was merely an illusion. Tree logs, erected by the troops, resembled artillery in the shadows of campfires and deterred Union troops. Talks continued several days and secured a mutual cease fire agreement between the United Sates of America and Callaway County. Elated from the successful defense, citizens proclaimed their county The Kingdom of Callaway, a reference that remains today.

Fulton, the largest city in the Kingdom of Callaway, was founded and became the county seat in 1825 but was not incorporated until March 14, 1859. The early residents of Fulton were from a predominately southern culture. The coastal and upland southerners that settled on the land brought with them slaves and established an agricultural economy.

When the first history of Callaway County was compiled in 1884, the die had already been cast as far as the type of community Fulton was to be. The Missouri General Assembly had voted to establish an asylum for the insane in Fulton (February 26, 1847), the first mental health facility west of the Mississippi; the General Assembly agreed (February 28, 1851) to establish a school for the education of the deaf in Fulton; in 1842 the Presbyterian Church had opened a female seminary later known as Synodical College; in the fall of 1851 the Presbyterian Church established the all male Fulton College, now known as Westminster College; and Fulton was the seat of county government.

The Christian Church moved its Orphan School to Fulton in 1890. Whether or not they were influenced by the already existing colleges is not known, but Fulton's bid of $40,000 and the offer of ten acres of land was surely a factor. The school, which had previously been located at Camden Point, Missouri, later became William Woods College for Women. Which later became a Coed University, thus accepting men.

The Fulton area owns national acclaim to a novel written by Fulton native Henry Bellamann. Henry Bellamann was born in Fulton in 1882, raised there and attended college there. Fulton is said to have been Bellamann's model for the fictional town of the novel "Kings Row." "Kings Row" generated questions about the resemblance it had to individuals and situations around the area. In 1940, producers made a movie based on the book. The cast included Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan and Betty Field. The actual suit worn by Ronald Reagan in the film is on display at the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce.

Residents of the Kingdom of Callaway credit the colleges and institutions for the cultural enrichment which they appreciate. History molds much of the diversity. Yet, exciting times await performing and visual arts. Sir Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech set the pace that continues to target Westminster College as a history trend setter.


The Winston Churchill Memorial and Library in the United States commemorates this noted statesman and his famous Iron Curtain speech. The 1946 address built a legacy enticing such world leaders as Lech Walesa, Margaret Thatcher, Harry S Truman, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald W. Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and NATO representatives to Westminster College. With the removal of the Berlin Wall, Churchill's granddaughter acquired a section of it to create a sculpture, entitled "Break Through" to commemorate the Iron Curtain speech. Visitors view it on the quadrangle at Westminster College. The Memorial includes the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury. With the utmost attention to detail, craftsmen dismantled this magnificent structure in London, England and rebuilt it on Westminster campus to revere the Sir Winston Churchill visit. Today, this architectural masterpiece provides an impressive setting for worship services, weddings and special celebrations. Museums and displays depict beginnings in the Kingdom of Callaway. The Fishback Museum spotlights history of the Missouri School for the Deaf. The Kingdom Expo and Antique Car Museum emphasizes transitions in transportation. Photos, genealogy research and history books headline the exhibit at the Historical Society. In addition, the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center features a display of "King's Row" memorabilia.

Famous people

* Bake McBride, former Major League Baseball outfielder and 1974 National League Rookie of the Year
* Henry Bellamann, poet and author of Kings Row
* Helen Stephens, 1936 Olympic Champion (The Fulton Flash)
* Charlie James, former Major League Baseball outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals 1960-1965
* Laura Redden Searing Also known as Howard Glyndon Deaf poet and writer
* Tony Galbreath former running back in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints 1976-1980, the Minnesota Vikings 1981-1983, and the New York Giants 1984-1987
* Michael Kim, ESPN anchor and personality


External links

* [http://www.kchsoc.org/ Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society]

Geographic Location
Centre = Fulton
North = Kingdom City
Northeast = Calwood
East = Toledo
Southeast = Reform
South = Hams Prairie
Southwest = New Bloomfield
West =
Northwest = Millersburg

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