Noah John Rondeau was an interesting character of contradictions. Born in 1883, he was raised near Au Sable Forks as the oldest of seven children. He left home at age 15 and eventually moved to the High Peaks section of the Adirondacks, about 20 miles from Saranac Lake, where lived for more than 30 years.
Noah John Rondeau loved people, but even more loved being out in the wilderness. While he had only an eighth-grade education, he developed his own secret code that kept the secrets of his journal long after his death.
In this episode of the Second Look podcast hosts Kelly Burdick and Christina Knott discuss this interesting North Country man, his life in the woods, his strange fame and the interesting legacy he left behind.
You can listen to this podcast here.
Photo of Noah John Rondeau presents a wicker fishing basket outside a building with “Town Hall” signage courtesy New York State Archives.