Did you know Louisiana once had a resort island? Over a century ago, Last Island was a popular destination to vacation to. Let’s find out a little more about this interesting chapter in Louisiana’s past.
Last Island, or Isle Derniere, was the last barrier island along the Louisiana coast. In the 1800s, it was known for its white sandy beaches, clear waters, and gulf breezes.
It was the perfect oasis to escape the heat and the mosquitoes that would plague Louisiana in the summer.
Located South of Cocodrie, between the Terrebonne Bay and the Caillou Bay, it was originally one long island about twenty five miles long and one mile wide.
There was even a ferry that would make two trips daily to the island to drop passengers off for a day of fun in the sun.
Last Island grew in popularity and by the 1850s accommodations included the John Muggah's Ocean House Hotel, Captain Dave Muggah's Billiard House, a dining hall, a bar, and several gambling establishments... everything you need for the perfect vacation!
There was even a little settlement called the Last Island Village where 100 beach homes were built to house those who could afford a summer beach house.
In 1856 a major hurricane devastated the island. Approximately 200 people died in the storm, and the island was left void of vegetation.
The resort was never rebuilt, and sadly years of erosion and storms have taken their toll on the island, changing the landscape forever.
After the hurricane and many more tropical storms to follow, Isle Derniere was split into five smaller islands: Trinity, Whiskey, Raccoon, East, and Wine (aka Vine island).
Whiskey, Wine, and Raccoon islands are part of the Terrebone Barrier Islands Refuge. What was once an island oasis is now a haven for pelicans and other seabirds.
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