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Fulton Attractions and Events

Fulton Windmill

10th Avenue and 1st Street, Fulton. Fulton’s authentic Dutch Windmill, “De Immigrant,” was prefabricated in the Netherlands and erected by Dutch Craftsmen. The windmill sits on the flood control dike right in the heart of the city and houses Fulton’s Welcome Center and gift shop. Open June-September daily and weekends in May and October. Contact: Heather Bennett, (815) 589-4545 or (815) 589-2616; or visit us at

Heritage Canyon

515 North 4th Street, Fulton. The mood of an earlier day settles upon visitors to Heritage Canyon, on the banks of the great Mississippi River. Reproductions and restored buildings from the 1800s re-create the past. The buildings sit in an old limestone quarry that was purchased in 1967 by Harold and Thelma Wierenga and carefully converted to preserve the integrity of the natural surroundings. All buildings are authentically furnished and tours are self-guided. Visit the canyon during Dutch Days, the first weekend of May. Also, enjoy the canyon during the Fall Festival on the second Saturday and Sunday in October, and Christmas in the Canyon the Saturday after the first Friday in December. The canyon is open daily, April to mid-December, weather permitting. Hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. There is a $2.00 donation for adults and $1.00 for students. Contact Heritage Canyon, (815) 589-4545 or visit us at

Lock & Dam 13

4999 Lock Road, Fulton. Open year-round. River closed to navigation annually from mid-December-first of March. Thousands of visitors come to view the barges and boats locking through on the widest pool in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. This lock & dam, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is an excellent location to view bald eagles during the winter months (Nov.-Mar.). Public lock & dam tours are held Sundays at 1 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. Special group tours may be arranged by calling the park rangers. The Corps of Engineers also offers several recreation areas within a short drive of Clinton. These areas offer diverse opportunities for recreational activities including: boating, fishing and hunting, picnicking, sightseeing, hiking and camping. For recreation and tour information, contact: Thomson Park Rangers, P.O. Box 398, 823 Main Street, Thomson, (815) 259-3628. E-mail: Internet: For Lock & Dam information, contact: Lockmaster, Lock & Dam 13, 4999 Lock Road, Fulton, (815) 589-3313.

Martin House Museum

707 10th Avenue, Fulton. The Fulton Historical Society is located in this Civil War-era home donated to the city by Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Martin. The museum houses several antiques, a genealogy research room and Fulton memorabilia. Open Sundays 2-4 p.m. Contact: Fulton Chamber of Commerce: (815) 589-4545.

Dutch Days

First weekend in May. Fulton’s Dutch heritage is celebrated by wearing wooden shoes and authentic costumes, Klompen dancing, street scrubbing and a parade. Visitors can enjoy fresh Dutch pastries, food, an arts & crafts show and a visit to Heritage Canyon. Contact: Fulton Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 253, Fulton, (815) 589-4545.

Fulton Fall Festival

Second weekend in October. Early American Crafters and other historical groups at Heritage Canyon take us back in time as they re-create history in the mid-1800s. Visit Historic Downtown Fulton to enjoy pumpkin painting, grilled food, alpacas, buggy rides, windmill tours and a scavenger hunt. Contact: Fulton Chamber of Commerce at (815) 589-4545 or visit

Fulton Hometown Christmas

First Friday in December. Enjoy window displays, windmill tours, caroling, Santa Claus, live Nativity, shopping, a two-mile run/walk, horse and wagon rides and Christmas crafts for kids. Also, enjoy Christmas at Heritage Canyon. Contact: Fulton Chamber of Commerce (815) 589-4545.

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