Louisiana’s Largest Deserted Island
Louisiana's coast is one of the most unique in the United States. Along our coastlines are several islands, some inhabited, and some that used to have residents but are now deserted.
Louisiana's coastline is a significant and unique geographical feature in the United States, characterized by its extensive wetlands, bayous, and delta regions.
Our wetlands support a wide range of wildlife and are vital for many species of birds, fish, and other wildlife.
Louisiana's coastline and wetlands are also extremely vulnerable to strong storms and hurricanes, the later of which is why this Louisiana island remains deserted to this day.
Isle Dernière, or more commonly known as Last Island, was actually once a vibrant, upscale resort style community.
From a-z-animals.com -
"The Last Island was home to over 100 beach houses, resorts, and gambling dens in the 1800s.
It was such a popular winter destination among the wealthy that there was a regular steamer service between the mainland and the Island."
All was going great for Louisiana's high-class island getaway until 1856.
On August 10, 1856, the island was hit by what was is called The Last Island Hurricane, a storm so devastating it physically split the island in half.
According to a-z-animals.com, roughly half of the people on the Island died in the storm.
From wikipedia.com -
"Offshore, at least 183 people drowned after steamers and schooners sank in rough seas produced by the hurricane.
A storm surge between 11 and 12 feet (3.4 and 3.7 m) completely submerged Last Island in Louisiana, destroying virtually every structure, including the hotels and casinos, while all crops were ruined."
The destruction from The Last Island Hurricane was so severe that the island has remained deserted ever since.
After remaining deserted for nearly 170 years, Last Island has become a haven for quite a diverse grouping of Louisiana's wildlife.
Eastern Brown Pelicans, Alligators, Kemp’s Ridleys Turtles, Black Skimmers, Stingrays, Herons, Black Drum, Blue Claw Crab, Jellyfish, and much more.
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