Did You Know . . .
Fulton County . . .
. . . was named for Robert Fulton who invented the first successful steamboat in 1807.
. . . was part of the lands set aside to be used as payment to veterans of the War of 1812.
. . . was established five years after Illinois became a state in 1823.
. . . extended all of the way to the northern boundary of the state including present day Chicago between 1823 and 1825.
. . . now has a population of 37,069.
Founded in 1890 this small town was named for the home of Andrew Carnegie in Scotland. In keeping with its Scottish name, Dunfermline’s early inhabitants were immigrant miners mostly from Scotland, England, and Wales. As in many mining towns, a lot of the simple, single-story homes were originally owned by the mining companies. It was also for a time home to George Bennard, author of over 350 religious songs. The village hall site on Center Street is home to the Annual Dunfermline Fish and Chicken Fry, a locally famous fundraiser.