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Fulton, Kentucky
Downtown Fulton
Downtown Fulton
Location of Fulton in Fulton County, Kentucky.
Location of Fulton in Fulton County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Fulton
Area
 • Total 2.98 sq mi (7.72 km2)
 • Land 2.89 sq mi (7.49 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation
361 ft (110 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,357
 • Density 814.73/sq mi (314.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
42041
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-29566
GNIS feature ID 0492615

Fulton is a home rule-class city in Fulton County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 2,357 at the 2020 census, down from 2,445 at the 2010 census. It was once known as the "Banana Capital of the World", because 70% of imported bananas to the U.S. used to be shipped through the city. Fulton is part of the Union City-Hickman, TNKY Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

A post office was established in the community, then known as "Pontotoc", in 1847. The post office was renamed "Fulton" in 1861. It was formally incorporated by the state assembly in 1872. Fulton Station was located on the Paducah and Gulf Railroad.

In the first decade of the 20th century, the Southern Baptist clergyman Monroe E. Dodd began his long ministry at a church in Fulton. For many years afterward, he was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana. A decade earlier, Ben M. Bogard, later the founder of the American Baptist Association in Texarkana, Texas, and long-time pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, had been a pastor in Fulton, where he was part of the Landmark Baptist movement.

Banana Capital of the World

The United Fruit Co., now Chiquita, began shipping bananas from South America by ship to New Orleans. The bananas were loaded onto railcars on top of 162-pound (73 kg) blocks of ice for the trip north. Fulton had the only ice house on the route north to Chicago. The bananas were re-iced with blocks from the Fulton Ice Plant, now closed. Empty railcars were pulled up to the side of the ice house, and the large blocks of ice were loaded end up covering the entire box car. The bananas were then laid on top of the ice to continue their journey. At one point, over 70% of the bananas that were consumed in the US passed through Fulton.

From 1962 through 1992, Fulton held the International Banana Festival. The largest banana pudding in the world at 2,000 pounds (910 kg) was part of the banana parade.

In recent years, the festival was revived including the largest banana pudding.

Geography

Fulton is located in the southeast corner of Fulton County at 36°30′33″N 88°52′44″W / 36.50917°N 88.87889°W / 36.50917; -88.87889 (36.509156, -88.878768). Its southern border is the state line, across which is the city of South Fulton, Tennessee. According to the United States Census Bureau, Fulton has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.6 km2), of which 2.9 square miles (7.4 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 2.95%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 826
1890 1,818 120.1%
1900 2,860 57.3%
1910 2,575 −10.0%
1920 3,415 32.6%
1930 3,502 2.5%
1940 3,308 −5.5%
1950 3,224 −2.5%
1960 3,265 1.3%
1970 3,250 −0.5%
1980 3,137 −3.5%
1990 3,078 −1.9%
2000 2,775 −9.8%
2010 2,445 −11.9%
2020 2,357 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
Jesse Whitesell House
Jesse Whitesell House

2020 census

Fulton Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 1,476 62.62%
Black or African American 641 27.2%
Native American 4 0.17%
Asian 15 0.64%
Pacific Islander 3 0.13%
Other/Mixed 174 7.38%
Hispanic or Latino 44 1.87%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 2,357 people, 1,004 households, and 646 families residing in the city.

Transportation

Rail

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Fulton. Fulton is one of only four cities in Kentucky with passenger rail service by Amtrak. The station is unmonitored and served by the City of New Orleans route running between New Orleans and Chicago.

Points of interest

Fulton is home to the Fulton Railroaders, a team in the KIT League, a minor league baseball league. The Railroaders play their home games in Lohaus Field.


Sports and recreation

Fulton was longtime home minor league baseball. The Fulton Railroaders, played as members of the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League, between 1911 and 1955. In 2005, the "Fulton Railroaders" nickname returned, as today Fulton hosts the summer collegiate baseball team, currently playing as members of the Ohio Valley League. The current Railroaders play their home games at Lohaus Field.

Education

Fulton has a public library, a branch of the Fulton County Public Library.

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