Point - Ises
Times Picayune – July 24, 1926
When the dredge of the E & W Road Company of Baton Rouge stuck its nose into the sand at Henderson Point last week, it marked the start on the coast's latest development, the $6,000,000 creation known s Pass Christian Isles, a 1400-acre subdivision at the foot of the bridge to be built across the bay from Bay St. Louis.
In a few days, a dredge, working to the water from the land side, will join its efforts with those of the floating dredge; and within a week or so, a third dredge will be on the job.
They will work day and night, for the dredging company is under contract to deliver the first development unit of Pass Christian Isles within ninety days.
The first dredge is engaged upon the beach front, where it is raising the land elevation, in the spots where it is lower than twelve feet. Most of the bay shore frontage, with its sloping white sand beach, is already high; the dredging work is necessary only to smooth out the occasional low stretches.
The land dredge will begin work a few hundred feet north of the Louisville and Nashville railroad track. This is the spot where the large yacht harbor will be erected, a harbor several hundred feet square, connecting with the water of Bay of St. Louis on one side, and on the other, with the series of inland lagoons and waterways that will make Pass Christian Isles something different from any subdivision so far attempted upon the coast. These lagoons will wind about through the property for a distance of about seven miles.
The first unit, about one-third of the entire acreage, will be centered around this yacht basin, which will be a little to one side of the Old Spanish Trail (Hwy.90) route, connecting here with the bridge across the Bay of St. Louis, work on which is scheduled to begin within the next few weeks.
Opposite the harbor will be the million-dollar plaza, which will be the hub of the business district of Pass Christian Isles, strung along the Old Spanish Trail. The buildings that will face this plaza will be built in the Mediterranean type of architecture. Their plans have already been drawn in the rough. This plaza will contain a commercial hotel, amphitheater, a restaurant and patio, and one or two high-class stores. The Pass Christian Isles Company is now negotiating with interests that wish to build and operate the hotel.
The resort hotel will be on the beach, some distance away. A site has been set aside for that purpose.
A small two-hole course was first constructed with plans to add more greens.