Pennsylvania: Fulton County

Fulton County (pop. 14,845), located east of Bedford County, is the fourth-least-populous county in Pennsylvania.

It’s one of eight Fulton counties, and one of the seven named for Robert Fulton (1765-1815), the inventor who developed a commercially successful steamboat. He was born in Pennsylvania, before it became a state.

Fulton County is one of two counties in Pennsylvania with no active rail lines.

Cowans Gap State Park is in the northeastern part of the county.

Established in 1937

The county seat of Fulton County is McConnellsburg (pop. 1,220), fifth-smallest county seat in Pennsylvania.

Fulton County Courthouse (1852)

The Fulton House in McConnellsburg dates from 1797. It was originally a tavern.

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Indiana: Fulton County

Fulton County (pop. 20,836) is east of Pulaski County. It’s one of eight Fulton counties in the U.S.

Fulton County in 1895

The county was named for Robert Fulton (1765-1815), inventor of the first commercially successful steamboat.

The county seat of Fulton County is the city of Rochester (pop. 6,218).

Fulton County Courthouse (1896)

Many early settlers in the county came from upstate New York; Rochester was named for Rochester, N.Y.

Lake Manitou, on the east side of Rochester, is a man-made lake, created in 1767 by the Potowatomi Indian tribe.

775 acres

Actor Elmo Lincoln (1889-1952) was born in Rochester. He was the first film Tarzan – in the silent “Tarzan of the Apes” in 1918.

Fulton County is known as “The Round Barn Capital of the World,” with about 15 historic round barns.

Utter-Gerig Round Barn

The Round Barn at the Fulton County Historical Society Museum, north of Rochester, was badly damaged in a windstorm in August 2015.

Drone photo

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