General view of the town
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Claude Millot|
|• Land1||24.13 km2 (9.32 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||240/km2 (620/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||88516 / 88800|
|Elevation||322–457 m (1,056–1,499 ft)
(avg. 335 m or 1,099 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
In 1854, after visiting the baths at nearby Contrexéville, lawyer Louis Bouloumié purchased the Fontaine de Gérémoy, site of the modern-day town of Vittel. Two years later, Bouloumie built a pavilion from which developed the grand, luxurious architecture which characterises the site.
In 1968, the Club Med was opened.
Mayors of Vittel
|1953||1977||Guy de la Motte-Bouloumié|
|1995||2001||Guy de la Motte-Bouloumié|
World War I
Home to U.S. Army Base Hospital 36 from Detroit,Mi.from November 1917 until February 1919. This unit was formed at the Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery now Wayne State University, School of Medicine. They occupied the five resort hotels in the city plus the casino.
World War II
During the Battle of France in the summer of 1944, a small grass airstrip north of the town was used for light liaison aircraft by the United States Army Air Forces. The Twelfth Air Force headquartered several fighter wings in Vittel during their drive east into Germany. In 1945, that flat, grassy area of land (now a racetrack for horses) was used as a holding area for captured Luftwaffe aircraft before their shipment to England and the United States for evaluation (Operation Lusty).
Vittel served as an internment site during World War II. Hundreds of American women were interned there from September 1942 until the end of the war.
- "Vittel -- son histoire". Retrieved 2011-04-26.
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