Fulton named one of the best small cities to visit in 2019
FULTON - Smithsonian Magazine has named the city of Fulton as one of 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019.
The article describes Fulton as "a hub of creativity and revitalization - a central Missouri town of brick-lined streets and boutique shops."
To qualify, cities had to have a population of 25,000 people or less while offering something special within the community.
Fulton is the home to the National Churchill Museum and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, along with the Breakthrough sculpture depicting the Berlin Wall. Both had milestone celebrations this year, with the 50th anniversary of the museum and church, and the 30th anniversary of the sculpture.
"This is wonderful recognition for Fulton," said Executive Director Renee Graham said in a news release.
She said being singled out by a publication of the Smithsonian's stature brings a level of interest to the town it can't attain through paid advertising.
Smithsonian writer Laura Kiniery contacted Graham for information about the historical attractions. Graham brought in Central Missouri photographer Notley Hawkins to provide photographs for the article.
The Fulton article traced the historic roots of the Churchill Museum at Westminster College. Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered his remarkable "Iron Curtain" speech at the college on March 5, 1946. The Smithsonian article says that speech helped launch the Cold War.