- Fulton, Oswego County, New York
'Fulton' is a
cityin Oswego County, New York, United States. The population was 11,855 at the 2000 census. The city is named after Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat.
The 'City of Fulton' is located in the western part of the county.
A branch of
Cayuga County Community Collegeis in the city, located in the shell of a former Jamesway department store.
Sweet Inspirations Drive-In is a popular attraction located near the waterfront and next door to Lakeview Lanes. "Sweets" hosts regular "Sock Hops" and "Cruise Nights" during summer months, which are widely attended by Fultonians and visitors from many surrounding communities.
Wal-Mart recently opened a Supercenter just outside the city limits in Granby. Building of the hotly-contested store was temporarily halted in early 2007 after the
New York State Department of Environmental Conservationrefused access to the area in order to preserve nesting wildlife during the Spring season.
Local radio station B104.7, which is currently the top ranked radio outlet in Central New York is licensed to Fulton.
The City of Fulton is a community in two parts. The area on the west side of the Oswego River was formerly known as "Oswego Falls" recognizing the nearby rapids on the river. It was one of the first regions settled in the original Town of Granby. Settlement commenced in two west-side locations, the "Upper Landing" and the "Lower Landing." The community was incorporated as a village in 1835.
American Woolen Mills, a large textile firm located on the west bank of the Oswego River providing uniforms and other supplies for the US Army in both World Wars. Many early Polish immigrants lived in simple company housing and shopped at the company store during this time period. The factory-owned housing was eventually sold to the employee-occupants. Another large industry located on the west side of the river bank and using the force of the river water to power manufacturing equipment was the Foster Knife Works.
The area on the east side of the Oswego River was originally a part of the Township of Volney. Over time the east-side developed in both industry and commerce. In it's prime, the east-side had a large "downtown" area with over a hundred stores and shops. Several factories were located along the river (to make use of the rapidly flowing water for power to operate) both to the north and the south of the downtown area. Some of the industries located here included Hunter Arms, Hunter Bicycle, Sealright-Oswego Falls Corporation (paper and plastic coated packaging), Dilts-Black Clawson,(a paper machine manufacturing company), a number of flour mills including Arrowhead. There were also paper and other manufacturers including Velvet Paper, Volney Felt Mills, Armstrong Cork, Container Corporation of America, and many more.
In 1826, construction of the
Oswego Canalbegan, and it was completed in 1828. It eventually became a part of the NYS Barge Canal System, as an extension of the original canal.
When Peter Cailer Kohler [later Nestlé, S.A.] began chocolate production in the United States, Fulton became home to the first U.S. chocolate manufacturing facility. Many Swiss, skilled in the art of making chocolate, followed the company to Fulton and settled here. Many of their descendants still live in the area. However, in 2003, after more than 100 years in Fulton, the company closed the factory citing the costs to restore and update the old location were out of reach. Factory employees hung the Nestlé company flag outside the factory upside down the day the closing was announced by company officials.
Since the closing of the Nestlé plant, investors from Côte d'Ivoire have purchased the chocolate factory and are attempting to reopen it as 'New York Chocolate and Confections Company'. However, as of summer 2008, plans for the chocolate factory to re-open have not yet fully materialized (although some new equipment has been purchased and installed.) [http://fultondailynews.com/index.php/fulton/news/new_york_chocolate_confections_company_expects_funding_from_ivory_coast]
The Miller Brewing Company operated a plant in Fulton from the mid 1970's until its closure in 1994. The former plant is currently being renovated for use as an ethanol production facility, which should begin production in 2008.
Fulton is located at coor dms|43|19|12|N|76|24|48|W|city (43.319878, -76.413224)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.3 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.9 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it (19.75%) is water.
Fulton is located near Lake Ontario and receives significant "
lake-effect snow" fall in excess of a 100 inches per year. [http://fultondailynews.com/index.php/fulton/news/what_happened_to_the_rest_of_the_snow]
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 11,855 people, 4,923 households, and 2,973 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 3,102.9 people per square mile (1,198.2/km²). There were 5,501 housing units at an average density of 1,439.8/sq mi (556.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.80% White, 0.74% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.92% of the population.
There were 4,923 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,054, and the median income for a family was $38,655. Males had a median income of $35,665 versus $23,102 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $16,133. About 15.1% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.
John H. Emerick
* [http://cityoffulton.com City of Fulton]
* [http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyoswego/towns/fulton/1895landmarks.html Early history of Fulton, NY]
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