Last Island, Louisiana

shannonfarlouis By shannonfarlouis, 25th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This island was destroyed by a hurricane in 1856. This island was a popular pleasure resort that was located southwest of New Orleans on the south shore of the state of Louisiana.

Last Island, Louisiana


This island was destroyed by a hurricane in 1856. This island was a popular pleasure resort that was located southwest of New Orleans on the south shore of the state of Louisiana.

When Last Island was destroyed by the hurricane in 1856, the highest points of the island were under five feet of water. The Ocean House Hotel and a few gambling establishments were all destroyed. Over 200 people perished in the hurricane which was called Last Island Hurricane of August 11, 1856. This island was 25 miles long and it was split in half by the hurricane. Before the hurricane, this island was a popular place for people seeking to escape the humidity of south Louisiana. Last Island village was a residential area which included about a hundred homes.



Today, very small remnants of the island are left for habitats and safe havens for birds and the pelicans. The highest point of the island was only about five feet above sea level. The powerful hurricane that destroyed the island was a category 4. This storm lasted for two days and all homes on the island were demolished. There were about 400 vacationers on the island at the time of the hurricane. Only fewer than half survived.

Two days before the hurricane struck the island, people noticed a loud roaring noise that came from the Gulf. The cattle on the island were nervous and walked back and forth for hours. The skies began to turn black and rain fell in torrents. There is a legend about Last Island. The legend begins with the resort guest attending a lavish ball as the hurricane winds grew stronger. The Star was a steamboat that serviced the island. The guests were waiting for it to arrive. The ship never arrived and the storm surge engulfed the entire island. Some versions of the legend tell that the steamboat did reach the island, but it arrived a little too late.

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Guests, Gulf, Hurricane, Last Island, Louisiana, New Orleans, Pelicans, Resort, Ship, Shore, South, Star, Steamboat, Vacationers

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Shannon Lynn Farlouis is an online freelance writer for Yahoo Associated Content, Triond, Helium, Textbroker, PoetryPoem, ListMyFive, and more. She makes her home in Louisiana.

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