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JimVroman 12-01-2020 04:25 PM

Mother Johnsons at the foot of Raquette Rapids
Anyone remember the old place?

tgoodwin 12-01-2020 06:37 PM

My only memory was from my first trip down the Raquette in 1964. At the end of the carry, someone was standing there to direct us straight to the put-in. Guess by then they were tired of people wandering around their property.

snapper 12-02-2020 12:29 PM

My first trip through was in the mid-70s and by then, the only buildings were the DEC ranger's outpost cabin, a small barn and, if my fuzzy memory is correct, a deteriorating cabin that belonged to a NYC lawyer who had something to do with owning the property prior to the state's acquisition. While I've read many stories about Mother Johnson and her way station (and blueberry pancakes), I've never knowingly seen anything at the site that can be attributed to her.

That's all for now. Take care and until next well.


JimVroman 12-02-2020 03:46 PM

I remember an old cabin in the mid 60's. Was that the original Mother Johnsons?
At that time, it was owned by the lawyer that you mentioned, (I think)
We crossed their property to access the trial to Dawson Pond when they weren't in residence.
A caretaker and his wife lived in the old cabin after the State bought it.
That cabin burned to the ground shortly after.
I was camped at one of the leantos downstream the night that it burned. I could hear the logs popping a mile away.
I paddled up to the site where the wife told me that the "Delco" had exploded, causing the fire. Poor lady was hysterical.
Needless to say, the old cabin burned to the ground.
The new cabin was built shortly after for use as a "conference center".

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