Saturday, March 13, 2010

Deer Island Coastal Reserve

There is a barrier island off the coast of Biloxi, Mississippi called Deer Island. It is approximately 400 acres and the closest island to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It was believed that Deer Island was inhabited by the early Choctaw tribe before European settlement. It was named Deer Island because the deer would swim to it when they were being hunted. When Europeans arrived, the Choctaw were driven out of Biloxi and Deer Island.According to my husband, there was an old hermit who live there but, died in 1959. After Hurricane Camille in 1969, the place was no longer inhabited. Upon the death of Captain Baker, the owner of the island, it was sold to many people who own parts of it. The island now serves as a tourist attraction for those searching for Native American pottery and arrowheads. It is also a popular fishing spot. You can see the island from the Hard Rock garage or by the long beach on Beach Boulevard.
One day I will visit that island and I will post it here.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Amy!

    I've never heard of this though I'm sure my dad has being he was once stationed in Biloxi before.

    Thanks for sharing my friend!


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