Bixby had high hopes to seek his fortune in the new and developing country and as he rose in the ranks of the railroad, he ultimately became president of the American Car and Foundry Company in St. Louis, which made, among other products, railroad cars. These were in high demand in those days, as many wealthy families ordered private cars, including the Bixbys, who would travel to Lake George and leave their car on a side track while visiting family in Bolton.
W.K. Bixby bought the Mohican House, a well known motel on Mohican Point, just south of the village of Bolton Landing.
It had gone into foreclosure and the bank owned it, Caldwell said. At first, the Bixbys occupied the old Mohican house as a summer home, but the building was decaying and they tore it down and replaced it with the mansion that is known as the present day Bixby House.
A wheelchair used by Lillian Bixby in her later years is on display at the Bolton Historical Museum, and the Tuttle Farm on Federal Hill is still in the family with the original house now used as a summer home.