Fulton is located in the Jackson Purchase Region of extreme western Kentucky. The city is situated on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line, adjacent to South Fulton in Obion County. The two cities utilize many common facilities and unite in efforts to ensure economic and cultural growth. Fulton is a seven-time recipient of the “Kentucky Certified City” award, based on progress in community and economic development. Fulton is 49 miles southwest of Paducah, KY, 126 miles northeast of Memphis, TN. and 212 miles southeast of St. Louis, MO. Fulton has an estimated population of 2250 persons.
Fulton is served by the Purchase Parkway, a multi-lane road which connects with Interstate 24, fifty miles to the northeast and future I-69. The city is also served by U.S. Highways 51 and 45, plus Kentucky Highways 94, 129, 166, and 307. The Hickman-Fulton County Riverport, a major riverport on the Mississippi River, is 20 miles away. The Illinois Central Railroad provides main rail service to the city. Seventeen common carrier trucking firms provide interstate and/or intrastate service to Fulton. The nearest scheduled commercial airline services are available at Barkley Regional Airport near Paducah and at the Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tennessee. The Everett-Stewart Airport in Union City, TN is 13 miles southwest of Fulton and maintains a 6500 foot paved runway. The Fulton Municipal Airport has a 4000 foot paved runway with modern lighting system and new terminal built in 2008.
Fulton Electric System and the Gibson Electric Membership Corporation each provide electric power to Fulton. The City of Fulton provides natural gas service to the city.
Primary and secondary education is provided by the Fulton Independent School System and the Fulton County School System. Four institutions of higher learning are within 50 miles of Fulton. Two universities provide masters level degrees. Vocational education is available at the West Kentucky Vocational Technical School in Paducah, and at the Fulton County Area Vocational Education Center in Hickman, 20 miles west of Fulton. The colleges in the area offer regularly scheduled state productions, concerts and many other activities throughout the year. Nashville, St. Louis, Louisville, and Memphis provide cultural activities on a broader scale.
The climate in Fulton is temperate with pronounced seasonal variations in both temperature and climate. Snowfall is variable from year to year. Most winters have little or none, while others can have a seasonal snowfall of up to 17 inches.
The City of Fulton is governed by a mayor, four commissioners, and a city manager. The mayor is elected to a four-year term while the commissioners each serve two-year terms. The city manager serves in a full-time capacity. Fulton County is governed by a county judge/executive and four magistrates. Each county official serves a four-year term.
The City of Fulton’s 35 acre public park contains baseball diamonds, double tennis courts, picnic shelters and playgrounds. Supervised baseball activities are offered in the summer. The local country club features an 18 hole golf course and swimming pool. Other private recreational facilities in the area include a bowling alley and a youth recreation center. Within 50 miles of Fulton, there are several state and national parks that offer fishing, hunting, water sports and camping. Reelfoot Lake and National Wildlife Refuge, Kentucky Lake and State Park, Lake Barkley State Park, Land-Between-the-Lakes National Recreational Area and Columbus-Belmont Battlefield State Park are all within an hour’s drive.
Fulton is the long home to the Banana Festival. The activity is held in September and features 2 free concerts, a grand parade, and beauty pageant along with many other activities, many designed for children. Fulton is also host of the Fulton Railroaders Ohio Valley Summer Wooden Bat Collegiate Baseball League.
Within the community, there are 27 Protestant churches, one Catholic Church and a Jewish temple. Three of the local churches have recreational facilities open.
All major networks are received from television stations at Paducah, Cape Girardeau, Harrisburg, Jackson and Nashville. Educational television reception is received from Murray, KY and Lexington, TN. The Current (weekly) and the Union City Daily Messenger (weekdays) do an excellent job in serving the surrounding area.
For further information, contact:
City of Fulton
101 Nelson Tripp Place
Fulton, KY 42041
Phone: (270) 472-1320
Twin Cities Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 5077
South Fulton, TN 38257
Phone: (731) 479-7029