Home of the Wood Duck and much more!
Fulda is located on Highway 59 just 15 minutes north of I-90 on the gently rolling prairie plains of Murray County in southwestern Minnesota. The prairie of this area of Minnesota provides a variety of high quality natural resources including productive soils, many lakes, small streams, a multitude of marshes, abundant wildlife and lots of clean air. Fulda encompasses the north shore of beautiful Seven Mile Lake, a 177 acre recreational lake. Fulda was established in 1881 as a railroad community. America was stretching out into the rich agricultural promise of the Great North American Prairie and immigrants from Europe were pouring into the United States.
G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Monument. Erected in 1895, the monument to "The Old Soldier, the Man in Blue" still stands in the Prairie Hill Cemetery one mile north of Fulda. Nearly 100 years after its dedication, the monument was painted for the first time during the summer of 1995. It now stands dressed with a dark blue coat and sky blue trousers, fitting attire for the old soldier.
St. Gabriel's Catholic Church. Built on the western shore of Seven Mile Lake.
1880's two-story train depot. Fulda's Depot was constructed in 1879-1880 in a unique gingerbread style. The Southern Minnesota Railroad Company was a boon for the prairie settlements of southwest Minnesota. In 1879, the rails finally reached the proposed settlement site of Seven Mile Lake, later named Fulda, and from this point on the settlement began to grow and prosper. The site was selected by the railroad because of its available source of good water, which was needed for the operation of the steam engines. Within a few years, the railroad crews had erected a water tower, roundhouse, turntable, coal bins, stockyard, and depot. Fulda was founded as a railroad town in 1881. By 1885, eight regularly scheduled trains were rolling through and stopping at Fulda daily. The trains ran through Fulda for 100 years, and in 1979, the depot was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the depot is located north and west of its original location. The depot has been restored and is an antique store.
First National Bank Building. Described as a gunmental colored brick building...trimmed with white terra cotta," the two-story structure on Fulda's main street was built in 1918-1919 by the Lytle Company, Sioux City, Iowa.
Civil War Cannon. The cannon, located in the City Park with its muzzle to the western sky, has seen many sunsets. The three-inch rifled gun was purchased for $155 on June 25, 1892, by the Zach Taylor Post No. 42 of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Settled by German, Irish, and Scandinavian immigrants, Fulda is still predominantly an agricultural community even today, though many of Fulda inhabitants commute to manufacturing, retail and service industry jobs within a 40 mile radius. Fulda's people inherited a strong work ethic from their ancestry. Our people believe in the hometown idea of working together, helping each other and getting involved in their community.
What's happening in Fulda?
Wood Duck Festival - Our towns major festival takes place in late June each year. The rural hometown flavor permeates the air during this annual event when old friends, family and new acquaintances gather to share a fun weekend. The excitement of carnival rides, hometown food booths, a street dance, and beer garden, the big parade featuring school bands, clowns, floats, queens, and of course politicians. The weekend is capped off by a fun filled Sunday afternoon in the central park with music, games, prize drawings, and more food. Come join us and share the fun and excitement!
Fine Arts Bazaar - Area artists and crafts persons fill the High School Gym each November on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This day-long activity exposes hundreds of artisans to thousands of buyers. This is a good time to pick up Christmas gifts, decorations for the house and yard, and artwork to be shared from generation to generation. Come and shop till you drop!
Fish-A-Rama - A smoked fish feed in the dead of winter is a good reason for Fulda to get together and share good food, fellowship and maybe win a prize while donating to a good cause - The Fulda Game and Fish Club. For those who are not inclined to eat smoked fish, bar-be-que's are also served. Come join us - there is always room for more at the table.