Eugène Poilane first passed through what became Khe Sanh village in 1918, when it consisted of only one house, that of the engineer supervising construction of Colonial Route 9, the first metaled road to Laos.
Poilane Coffee House in Khe Sanh
The University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU) has 15 fungal specimens and 3 vascular plant specimens collected by Eugène Poilane. As our vascular plant collection continues to be inventoried, it is likely that more specimens collected by Poilane will be found.
Khe Sanh village existed as a result of the presence of French coffee planters. It began with EugènePoilane, a son of peasants, born at Saint-Sauveur de Landemont, France, on March 16, 1888. Poilane, by profession an “artillery worker,” arrived in South Vietnam, then the French protectorate of Cochinchina, in 1909.