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.
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.