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Bordermarkers 409-410

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Bm409

Photographed on
20090605
(more pictures on that page)

Bm409

Photographed on
20090606
(more pictures on that page)
Bm409

Photographed on
20110901
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409

Photographed on
20140907
(more pictures at that page)

Besides bm409 at ground level, there's a peculiar round base with the letter B engraved.

It was Robert Darrieumerlou who wrote me about it. He shows it on this webpage and the next pictures.

And then I could find a similar picture of Charles and Josette Darrieu.
Bm409

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-1es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20090606
(more pictures on that page)

I discovered a series of 7 submarkers along the lakeside up to bm410 with the 7th one besides it. This one - the first - is standing underneath bm209 (but at the other side of the stream)


Bm409-1es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20110901
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-1es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20140907(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-1es

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
In january 2011 I learned from Charles & Josette Darrieu that on the French side of the lake , there's another series of 7 submarkers like these one. The one I found besides bm410 is actually no. 7  of the French series.

About the double submarkers bm409 1 to 7
(all information hereunder supplied by Charles Darrieusee  here the original french text of Jean Sermet, the great French bordermarker-commissioner).

The borderline between bm409 and 410 is constituted by the riverbed of the Garonne. However, in the nineteen-sixties the French built a dam in the Garonne to the north of the border. An artificial lake was formed flooding the banks of the Garonne at this stretch. Bm409 had to be rebuilt higher up the slope and the exact borderline became unclear in the widened river.
For that reason it was decided to place 7 pairs of bordermarkers on both sides of the river cq lake indicating the borderline with an arrow and the distance to it. They must have  been placed in 1970 or shortly afterwards, I think.

Jean Sermet adds that on the new bridge (which crosses diagonally the Garonne and was built around the same time) a line was painted and two bronze plates attached on either side to indicate the borderline.
Bm409-1fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20110901
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-1fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20140527

Bm409-1fr

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-2es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20090606
Bm409-2es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20110901

Bm409-2es

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-2fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20110901
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-2fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20140527
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-2fr

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-3es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20090606
Bm409-3es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20110901

Bm409-3es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20140907(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-3es

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-3fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20110901
(more pictures at that page)

Information of Jacques Koleck: because of the flooding of the Garonne in may 2013, the course of the river has shifted towards the (French) road.
This marker has got under the soil and mud and is in danger of disappearing.
Bm409-3fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20140527
(more pictures at that page)

Was covered by a thin layer of mud.
Bm409-3fr

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-4es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20090605
Bm409-4es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20090606
Bm409-4es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20110901

Bm409-4es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20140907(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-4es

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-4fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20110901
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-4fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20140527
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-4fr

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-5es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20090606
Bm409-5es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20110901

Bm409-5es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20140907(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-5es

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-5fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20110901
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-5fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20140527
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-5fr

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-6es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20090605
Bm409-6es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20090606
Bm409-6es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20110901

Bm409-6es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20140907(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-6es

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-6fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20110901
(more pictures at that page)

Information of Jacques Koleck: because of the flooding of the Garonne in may 2013, the course of the river has shifted towards the road. This marker is now 10cm under the waterlevel and thus more difficult to find.
Bm409-6fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20140527
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-6fr

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-7es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20110901
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-7es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20140527
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-7es (spanish riverside)

Photographed on
20140907(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-7es

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-7fr (with bm410 in the background.)

Photographed on
20090606
(more pictures on that page)

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Bm409-7fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20110901
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-7fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20140527
(more pictures at that page)

The ceramic plaques have been shattered.

In jan. 2015 I heard from Jean-Paul Laborie – delegate of the Pyrenean bordercommission – that it will be replaced or repaired. The ceramic plates will be remade by the same company of 45 years ago.
Bm409-7fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20140905
(more pictures at that page)
Bm409-7fr (french riverside)

Photographed on
20160914
(more pictures at that page)
Bm410 (with bm409-7fr in the background.)

Photographed on
20090606
(more pictures on that page)

Bm410

Photographed on
20110901
(more pictures at that page)
Bm410

Photographed on
20140905
(more pictures at that page)
Bm410

Photographed on
20150709
(more pictures at that page)
Bm410

Photographed on
20160914
(more pictures at that page)
Bm410 on an old postcard, provided by Charles & Josette Darrieu.

A very interesting picture which shows that there was a predecessor of the current - atypical - bordermarker.

There has been a lot of road construction at this spot through the years and this old bm must have been removed.

A zoom-in.

In the "Journal de la restauration de l'abornement de la Haute Garonne" by Jean Sermet (1957) we can read that the joint border-commission promoted this triangular milestone to the official bm410 by engraving the number 410.  They couldn't find the original quadrangular bm410.
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