The town hall of Lus-la-Croix-Haute
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Ginette Carmel|
|Area1||87.20 km2 (33.67 sq mi)|
|• Density||5.7/km2 (15/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||26168 /26620|
|Elevation||971–2,454 m (3,186–8,051 ft)
(avg. 1,050 m or 3,440 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.
Lus-la-Croix-Haute is a very extended community in the département of Drôme, with an area of 87.2 square kilometres (33.7 sq mi), in the valley and area of Lus c. 1000 m mountainous environment c. 2,453 m (8,048 ft) altitude, facing towards Drôme. The community borders with the départements of Isère et the Hautes-Alpes (High-Alpes), between the massive mountains of Dévoluy in the east, the (valley) of Trièves in the north and the Diois in the west. Lus-la-Croix-Haute is centered between Clelles and Aspres-sur-Buëch. The community includes 24 areas: -La Caire. -Les Corréardes. -Le Trabuech. -Mas Rebuffat. -Mas Bourget. -La Jarjatte. -Les Morlières. -Les Lussettes. -Moulin de l'Ours. -Les Fauries. -Les Miellons. -just to mention some of the most important ones... The community is known for the col de la Croix-Haute, at its Northern limit, through which route national 75 joins Marseille to Grenoble, and which is a climate border between the Northern and Southern Alps. The community is also known as the source of the river Buëch, which flows in the valley of la Jarjatte through the magnificent cascades of Mougious, which is indeed the source of it in the valley of Buëch. The community has a railroad-station along the Lyon-Perrache to Marseille-Saint-Charles (via Grenoble) railroad line, served by the TER of te connection Grenoble - Gap.
Around the first Millennium, and during the 11th. and 12th. centuries, Lus-la-Croix Haute belonged to the lordship of Trièves, which was the property of the ancient counts of Die. The Bishops of Die played a considerable role in the region through the history. One of their principal vassals and feodal-lords was the family Odde de Bonniot, co-Lords notably of Vercors, chivalrous family originating of the Lus-la-Croix-Haute and its surroundings, which was deplaced to the region of Vivarais, to Orange, and to Velay and to the Netherlands (Holland) during the wars of religion in France.
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