Fulton City Hall is located at 18 East 4th St., Fulton MO 65251; phone: 573-592-3111.
Fulton is the county seat of Callaway County. Organized in 1820 from a section of Montgomery County, Callaway County's first county seat was located in Elizabeth (named for Mrs. Henry Brite, Elizabeth was located near what is now Hams Prairie). The county seat was moved in 1825 to a more central location in the county. George Nichols sold a plot of land to the county for $50.00 and cleared an area for the new county seat. Originally known as Volney, the name of the new community was quickly changed to Fulton in honor of the inventor of the steamboat, Robert Fulton.
Fulton certainly had significance in native-son Henry Bellamann's 1940 novel Kings Row. In the movie (1942) patterned from the novel, actor Ronald Reagan's script had him asking the line ("Where's the Rest of Me?"); these five words became the title of Reagan's 1965 biography (Karz-Segill Publishers, New York).