Dixon was a nineteen year old aviator from Columbus, Ohio.
On September 30,1911 he became the first pilot to fly across
the Continental Divide. The young pilot took off from the
fairgrounds at Helena and landed thirty-four minutes later
in a field near Blossberg, some 17 miles to the west. Dixon
wired the officals at the fairgrounds that he had landed
safely, refueled his bamboo and fabric aircraft, and lifted
off for his return flight to Helena.
tail winds aided his return, and after circling the fairgrounds
twice, he landed safely. Governor Edwin Norris proclaimed
Dixon "The World's Greatest Aviator" and presented
him a check for $10,000. A Helena paper said of his flight,
"Hearts stopped beating, women
turned their eyes and strong men were made faint by the
daring evolutions of this stripling." Dixon died just
two days later when his plane crashed near the Spokane,