Fulton's shipyards built over 900 steamboats in the 1800's, making it the loudest spot in the country. This industry spawned businesses as diverse as machine tooling and department stores. The high water port has primarily functioned since the 1890's as a rail and barge service for shipping metal and lumber materials for the regions's houses, offices, appliances and automobiles. Mark Twain and Currier and Ives heralded The Natchez which faced off against The Robert E. Lee in "The Great Race" of 1870. The largest skyscraper in the country in 2009 was staged here.Barge & Rail Today!