Detail of the 1923 Santa Clara Quadrangle USGS map (surveyed in 1921) showing Madawaska. Blue Mountain is called Azure Mountain today. Madawaska is a pond and a former community between Azure Mountain and Meacham Lake.

Tupper Lake Herald, August 6, 1920


The large hotel owned by James Eccles find located at Madawaska, well known as a resort for hunters and fishermen, was destroyed by fire about noon Tuesday, July 23d. All the buildings connected with the place excepting the guide house, barns and a small building used as a postoffice, were burned.

Tupper Lake Free Press, February 22, 1934

Old Timer's Column

…BRANDON became a village on the [Hurd's Northern] line, and it boasted a church, school, hotels and many dwellings.

About that time [c. 1890] the firm of Hurd-Hotchklss & McFarlane was formed and Pat Ducey, the well-known lumberman, came in evidence in connection with the Hurd workings.

Spring Cove, Madewaska, Bay Pond and Derrick sprang into full flush as the railway came on towards its final destination—Tupper Lake—which was reached in 1890. At Spring Cove one could see great rows of white bee hive structures—coal kilns where thousands of bushels of charcoal were turned out yearly.

At Madawaska there was a famous summer resort hotel for fishing and hunting parties. The hotel was owned by the late Warren Joseph Alfred and managed by James Eccles.