Did You Know?

  • Over 400 La Crosse students have participated in the high school exchanges since 1987.

  • Epinal was the site of intense bombings in 1940 and 1944.
  • The 45th division of the 7th American Army liberated Epinal on Sept. 21, 1944.

  • Quéquemont is the name of the American Cemetery in Epinal where over 5,000 soldiers are buried.

  • St. Maurice is the Patron Saint of Epinal and the name of its Basilica.

  • Visit the official web site for the city of Epinal.

  • One can see the ruins of a chateau which dates from the 12th-17th C.

  • The "Imagerie" has been producing their world-famous prints since the 18th century.

  • Le Pinau, symbolizing the history of the city is a copy of a IV Century, B.C., Greek statue of a little boy picking "une épine," or,  a thorn, out of his foot.

  • The Moselle River passes through the center of the city which is also located at the foot of the Vosges Mountains.

  • A short diversion of the Moselle was created which became a kayak course.

  • The Hoeschler family is trying to introduce Logrolling in Epinal and its other Sister Cities.

  • Epinal has Sister Cities in England, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Macedonia in addition to the U.S.

  • Epinal is known for its gardens and flowers.

  • Epinal is located in the Lorraine region of France in the northeast part of the country, near Nancy and Strasbourg.

  • Its biggest festival is to celebrate St. Nicolas, the Patron Saint of the Lorraine area.

  • The current Mayor, Michel Heinrich also serves as a Representative (or Député) in the National Assembly in Paris.

  • The population of Epinal is around 40,000.

  • The Sister City charter was signed May 26, 1986 in Epinal by the then mayors Patrick Zielke and Philip Seguin (who was also President of the French National Assembly).

  • The UW-L Choir and Orchestra have performed in Epinal in 1986 during the 10th anniversary celebration. For that event, Gary Walth composed a special musical piece. They also played for the Memorial Day observance at Quéquemont that year. They also just performed their in May 2006. 
  • The UW-L Jazz Ensemble performed there in 2004 and hopes to return in 2007.

  • There have been soccer exchanges between LaCrosse and Epinal in 2004 and 2005 with hopes of continuing them in the future.

  • Trane Company has been in France since 1958 and in Epinal since 1965 when the headquarters were transferred there from Paris. The factories are in two suburbs of Epinal: Golbey and Charmes.

  • The residents of Epinal are called "Spinaliens."

  • Northwoods International School 5th graders have exchanged booklets they made with their counterparts in a school in Epinal, Notre Dame.

  • Epinal has a Deputy Mayor (or Department head in the U.S.) in charge of Culture and one in charge of Festivals & International Relations.

  • There have been numerous young people from Epinal and La Crosse who have participated in internships. This summer two young people, Aurélie Marin and Maxime Huttin, are currently in internship positions in La Crosse.