It was today, One Hundred and Fifty-Seven years ago that a resort Island off the Coast of Louisiana was struck by a deadly hurricane killing over 200 people.
On August 11th, 1856 Isle Dernière, commonly called Last Island by locals, was ravaged by the first recorded tropical storm of that season. The Island was a get-away for locals and tourist and was a haven for corruption as well.
This is an illustration of the Hotel Resort at Isle Dernière
This picture below illustrates what the chain of islands south of Cocodrie, LA looked like before and after the storm as well as the continued erosion due to further storms and coastal recession.
(Last Island 1853 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Island,_Louisiana)
For further information and additional reading see:
1856 Last Island hurricane - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1856_Last_Island_hurricane
Last Island, Louisiana - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Island,_Louisiana
Of Plantations and Hurricanes - http://talesinthetree.wordpress.com/tag/last-island/
History of Terrebonne Parish Hurricanes - http://bigjla5.tripod.com/0la10.html
© Jean Becnel, 2012.
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