One of the most famous early photographs ever taken was Seneca Ray Stoddard's panoramic view of the main veranda of the first Fort William Henry Hotel as the guests reclined in rocking chairs and watched the tally-ho coaches come in with more guests who had traveled over the Plank Road to Glens Falls. The coaches ran three times a day.
In 1869, with trains coming as far as Glens Falls, the uncomfortable ride cost $1.25 and took an hour and a half to reach Caldwell (Lake George). The Red Bird line, which ran four-horse coaches from Albany to Montreal was the most popular. Later, eight-horse coaches were common. This all ended on May 29, 1882 when the first train rolled into Lake George. The end of the line was in front of the Fort William Henry Hotel.