William Preston “Bill” Gates of Bolton Landing and Queensbury, born in 1945, is a retired teacher, Lake George steamboat captain and author of 11 local history books. Bill grew up in Bolton on Lake George, worked in his parents Bill Gates Diner and has been a lifelong collector of local Lake George historical memorabilia and stories. He is a seventh generation member of his Gates family in Bolton, and is the fifth generation to live in his family’s 1830 Gates Homestead in Bolton, now on the Register of Historic Places.
With 11 Lake George regional history books published, I am now turning my time to writing about my experiences growing up in 1950’s Bolton Landing on Lake George . I was very fortunate to be the oldest son of Bill & Dawn Gates who operated our popular Bill Gates Diner, a converted Hudson Valley Trolley Car, now owned by the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake , NY and presently on loan to the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum in Plattsburgh , NY . I’ve been working on my “Growing Up” book (exact title will be decided when it is completed) for several years and do not yet have a date set for publication. I am enjoying my recollections and am in no hurry to stop doing so. Also in the future, I may be selling some of the many duplicates in my Lake George collection and will list them at that time on this web site. Enjoy the history! Bill Gates