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Fulton County, Kentucky

"Banana Capital of the United States"

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Statistics & Facts

The Kentucky state capital is Frankfort.
The population of Fulton is approximately 2445 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,474 (1990), 1110 (2010).
The amount of land area in Fulton is 6.824 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.02 sq kilometers.
The distance from Fulton to Washington DC is 692 miles.
The distance to the Kentucky state capital is 255 miles. (as the crow flies)
Fulton is positioned 36.51 degrees north of the equator and 88.88 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

Until the advent of mechanically refrigerated railroad cars Fulton, KY was a major distribution point for most of the bananas sold in the Eastern United States. The bananas were loaded into "ice reefers" belonging to the Fruit Growers Express Company in New Orleans and shipped northward until they reached Fulton, KY. At that point the cars needed to have a fresh supply of block ice to prevent spoilage. At Fulton the long Fruit Growers Express trains were also broken down and shipped North by the Illinois Central Railroad and East by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.

Fulton is still known as the Banana Capital of the United States although the days of mile long FGE trains have long past. Each year the city holds an "Banana Festival" in mid September. One of the major attractions is a one ton banana pudding that the entire community shares at the local park.
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