A little geography to situate Fraisans

The village of Fraisans is located in border of the forest of Chaux,limits it of the department of the Jura (39) (East of France), Lons-le-Saunier is the prefecture of it.

Fraisans in numbers (for the year 1996)

  • 1109 inhabitants
  • 316 homes
  • 1690 hectares of total surface
  • 1359 hectares of wood
  • 6,016 km of local landfill
  • 3,5 km of river (the Doubs)
  • altitude to the town hall = 210 metres

Origin of the Fraisans name

Fraisans is not known by any previous document to the beginning of twelfth-century.Its birth is owed to the construction of the Castle-strong, erectedduring the feudal time by rulers of Burgundy, probably in order to defend courses of the Doubs. This castle could be to the origin of the etymologyof Fraisans, because in certain works, the origin would be an own name: Frize. But then, if one refers to the historic of Frasne or Franois, one learns thatthese names are very current in Franche-Comté and would be descended of Fraxinus (ash). These townships would have extricated their name from forest essence thatgrew with the more of abundance on their territory.

Some photos on the old Fraisans.

Fraisans: its Forges and the Eiffel tower.

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The masterpiece of the exhibition of 1889: it is the Eiffel tower. It is a friend, Armand Pathé, that provides to Gustave Eiffel of the favorable information on the quality of the iron of Fraisans, what determined the engineer to make an important command of it for his construction. (The Eiffel tower is not constructed in steel, but in iron puddle, a lot less topic to the corrosion).

It is by 11 barges that the iron of Fraisans, delivered in October or November 1887, was routed toward Dole, then Dijon and Paris. The journey lasted 10 days. In end, the iron of Fraisans, 2200 tons about, either more than 30% of the total weight of the work, was unloaded on foot of work, close to the Iéna bridge. It has especially been used for the construction of the first floor, to the big arcatures exception, of which iron, 2000 tons, comes from Creusot.

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