Named for pioneer settler William Norris, this small town is just north of Canton. A relatively recent reroute of Illinois Route 78, takes travelers past the town itself. A turn onto the old highway through town might be worth it for the hungry traveler. Thought by some to be the “dining capital” of Fulton County, Norris, a village of only about 195 residents, boasts two restaurants. Norris was once a center of coal mining activity with several nearby strip mines and facilities still visible west of town.


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