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The first settler of Fulton County was Ossian Ross, who came to the site of Lewistown in 1821 to claim his land grant of one-quarter section in the Military Tract of Illinois. In 1822, the town site of Lewistown was laid out and named for Lewis, Mr. Ross’s eldest son. The first Court House of Fulton County was built in Lewistown from hewn logs in 1823. The first brick and stone courthouse was later erected in 1838 and served until December of 1894 when it was destroyed by fire. The current Fulton County Courthouse was built in 1897 to replace the earlier Courthouse destroyed by fire.

Fulton County Court House

AREA LINKS

Buells Marine
www.buellsmarine.com

Canton, Illinois
http://www.cantonillinois.org/

Lewistown, Illinois
http://www.lewistownil.org/


Canton Daily Ledger
cantondailyledger.com

C.A.R. Financial
carfinancialonline.com

Chuck Taylor State Farm
Full Service Office
http://www.chucktaylor.biz/

Cracklin’ Jake’s Restaurant & Cafe

Dickson Mounds Museum

McDonald's
tylaco@winco.net

MidAmerica National Bank
midnatbank.com

The Nature Conservancy ~ Emiquon Project
www.nature.org

WBYS / CD 107.9 Radio

 

 

 
700 East Oak, Room 301, Canton, IL 61520
309-647-6074
fultontourism@aol.com or info@fultoncountytourism.org


Camp Ellis Camp Ellis was host to a number of training activities including medical, combat, quartermaster and engineering units. Shown to the left is a picture of a unit of the Engineer Corps working on constructing a pontoon bridge over Spoon River near Bernadotte.

Fulton County was the site of Camp Ellis, an 17,000 acre U.S. Army training facility, during World War II. World War II brought forth a great national effort in the United States. The Fulton County Villages of Table Grove and Ipava along with the unincorporated hamlet of Bernadotte were to be significantly impacted by the national mobilization efforts to wage and win a war. The Lewistown Project, the early code name for Camp Ellis, began with the taking and vacating of 17,800 acres of land stretching eastward and northward of Table Grove to Ipava on the east and Bernadotte on the northeast. Construction of the camp commenced on September 17, 1942. On April 15, 1943 Camp Ellis was officially turned over to its first Commanding Officer, Colonel Basil D. Spalding one month ahead of schedule. The official dedication of Camp Ellis was held on July 14, 1943 with over 50,000 visitors in attendance.

Camp Ellis went nearly as quickly as it came to the area. In November of 1944, the training unit was officially terminated with remaining training activities being greatly reduced.

The area occupied by Camp Ellis returned to individual ownership in the 1950s and few signs of the Camp’s existence remain. Portions of the rifle range, a couple POW barracks, water towers and part of the water processing plant near Bernadotte are all that remain. The impact of the Camp on the community was great; Table Grove, Ipava and Bernadotte had made their contribution to the massive war effort of our nation in the Great War. The area east and northeast of Table Grove is still referred to by local folks as--"The Camp."

AREA LINKS

Farmers State Bank
www.fsbfc.com

Bank of Farmington
bankoffarmington.com

Fulton County Arts Council
fultoncountyartscouncil.com

Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society

Fulton County
Historical & Genealogical Society
http://www.rootsweb.
ancestry.com:80/~ilfchgs/

Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
http://www.peoria.org/

 

 

Pictures by Bill Burnham


The early railroads of Fulton County played an important role in the history and development of Fulton County as railroads did in many parts of the country

 

AREA LINKS

Old School Center
http://www.oldschoolcenter.com/

Renaissance Care Center Inc.

State Representative
Michael K. Smith
mks@winco.net

Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive
http://www.spoonriverdrive.org

The Sweet Shoppe

Webb's Valley View Campground
clwebb@theramp.net

Swango Wood Creations

Tompkins State Bank

Fulton County Playhouse
fultoncountyplayhouse.com

Ipava State Bank
ipavastatebank.com

 

 

 

 
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