82 Years Old. 1 Canyon. 87 Crossings.
Ivy Baldwin celebrated his eighty-second birthday by walking across Eldorado Canyon on a high-wire suspended 125 feet above ground. It was his eighty-seventh crossing and the least dangerous of his aerial achievements. Born in Texas in 1866, the daredevil ran away from home to join a circus. He thrilled audiences worldwide with gravity-defying tightrope, parachute, and balloon acts. In 1893 he moved to Denver, where he made the state’s first powered aircraft flight. Later in life, Baldwin called his high-wire act “the greatest poison in the world. One drop could kill you.” He got lucky, dying peacefully in his bed in Arvada, Colorado, at the age of 87. Photo History Colorado, 10031365.