In the aftermath of Victory, everything seemed possible to Châteauroux. Everything is changing, everything is accelerating: Cadillacs, jazz cafés, chewing gum and freshly arrived GIs upset the daily life of the Berrichons.

Chateauwoo berry good!

Legend has it that the famous hamburgers from across the Atlantic were offered for the first time in France in an establishment then a must for Castelroussines evenings, Joe from Maine, located at the time rue Ledru-Rollin.

Not far from there, in the heart of town, the Building Saint-Cyran, an impressive thirteen-storey tower built to accommodate the generals of theNATO still recalls those glorious days when Chateauwoo lived at the frantic pace of the 10 Americans installed at the airport of Chateauroux-Deols and in the database At the Martinerie. In the agglomeration, entire neighborhoods are springing up to accommodate these new inhabitants, as in Brassioux whose urban landscape still looks like an American city.

Because from 1951 to 1967, Châteauroux is also a bit of all of that, of this American way of life which always fascinates castelroussins. Even today, the inhabitants speak with nostalgia of the time of the Americans and the Franco-American friendship is strengthened each day a little more, as evidenced by the twinning between Châteauroux and the city of Fresno, California.

U.S. Museum

Come and relive the golden age of the American period in Châteauroux by visiting theU.S. Museum. Association Châteauroux was America exhibits a number of period objects, photos and films. 

  • 1 place de la Gare, 36000 Chateauroux
  • Free admission
Opening times
from 01 / 03 to 31 / 12
Wednesday14 a.m. to 17 p.m.
Friday14 a.m. to 17 p.m.
Saturday14 a.m. to 17 p.m.
Visits for groups possible all year round by appointment at 06 68 77 16 30

Departmental house of military memory

The departmental house of military memory run by the association Friends of La Martinerie, invites you to relive the military past of the department of Indre and, in particular, that of the former military base of At the Martinerie.

  • Route du Régiment Normandie-Niémen (former Lignières road), 36130 Déols
  • Free admission
Opening times
from 01 / 01 to 31 / 12
Wednesdayfrom 8AM to 30PM
Wednesdayfrom 14AM to 17PM
Free guided tours at 9:30 a.m. and 14:30 p.m. Group visits possible all year round by appointment at 06 72 69 30 40.

Guided tours The Americans at Chateauwoo

Would you like to relive the highlights of the American period in Châteauroux? We offer all year round on request for groups from 8 people a thematic guided tour!

  • Contact Julie on 02 54 34 79 00.

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