Meduxnekeag River Association

Meduxnekeag Heritage Images

The dam and powerhouse whose remains can still be seen just above the present-day Trans-Canada Highway bridges. The first hydro-electric installation in New Brunswick, both dam and powerhouse were swept away in the flood of 1923. This photo appears to have been taken in about 1910: there is no sign of the railway which was built on the other side of the river about 1915. Note how heavily the forest appears to have been cut.
Image from Carleton County Historical Society archives

Another flood in downtown Woodstock.
The photo is undated, and may be the 1923 freshet. Note the spelling of the river's name.
Image from Carleton County Historical Society archives

High water in May 1959: compare this photo with the July 1934 one of the same view.
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In July 1934, looking upstream. The remains of a dam can be seen in the middle of the photo. The Meduxnekeag shows why its Maliseet name has been translated as "rocky at its mouth".
Image from Carleton County Historical Society archives

The river in extreme low water conditions in July 1934, looking toward the mouth. The photo probably taken from the Main Street bridge.
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The Meduxnekeag in one of its most famous floods, charging through Woodstock in April, 1923. The river took out bridges along the length of the river, as well as the power dam above Woodstock.
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Woodstock's downtown just after the Mactaquac headpond flooded the junction of the Meduxnekeag and the St. John. The end of the old Grafton bridge can be seen at the bottom centre of the photo.
Image from Carleton County Historical Society archives


A view from the south bank of the Meduxnekeag looking upstream in September 1967, shortly before the Mactaquac dam flooded the area.
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The Meduxnekeag at Woodstock looking upstream toward the old Main Street bridge in April 1967
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A Victorian or Edwardian summer outing on the Meduxnekeag near Woodstock. In the background are many elm trees and the intervales and islands which have now been flooded by the headpond of the Mactaquac dam.
Image from Carleton County Historical Society archives

 

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Last update : April 24, 2006