DISCUSSION: As we turn the clocks back to August 10th, 1856, we arrive at the landfall of a truly historic Louisiana hurricane. This particular hurricane destroyed Isle Dernieres or Last Island, a resort south-southwest of New Orleans on this day. The highest points of the island were under five feet of water. The resort hotel was destroyed, along with the island's gambling establishments. To truly establish the natural vulnerability associated with this small island which used to be located in the far southern portion of the state of Louisiana, read the exact excerpt attached below.
"Isle Derniere, 24 miles long and at points a mere mile wide, lay five miles south of the Louisiana mainland in the Gulf of Mexico, southwest of New Orleans off Terrebonne Parish. A mix of beaches, dunes and marsh, it stood about five feet above sea level. In the 1840's, wealthy Louisianans built the first of 100 summer homes on the island. Visitors came by steamboat to swim in the sea, paddle out on excursion boats, walk the beaches, explore the island by horse and carriage, and twirl on a carousel. Muggah’s Hotel, the largest structure on the island, included a restaurant and ballroom and offered bowling and billiards. Isle Derniere was advertised as a summer resort, and it’s unlikely that anyone lived there year-round."
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