Glens Falls in 1919 — No room at the inn for Gov. Smith

Maury Thompson
Feb 21, 2019 · 1 min read

Even the governor needed an advance reservation to get a hotel room in Glens Falls on a Saturday night during the busy August tourist season a century ago.

Gov. Al Smith, his two sons, and seven others in their party stopped at Fitzgerald’s Hotel in Glens Falls at 11:45 p.m. Aug. 9, 1919 en route from several days of fishing at the Whitney estate near Tupper Lake, The Post-Star reported on Aug. 11, 1919.

They had hoped to stay over night, but the hotel was full and “Proprietor Fitzgerald” was unable to find rooms available at any other hotels or large boarding houses in the city.

So the governor and his party had a meal and continued on.

“Shortly after 1 o’clock yesterday morning the party left in their automobiles for Albany,” The Post-Star reported.

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