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82-year-old Ivy Baldwin crosses Eldorado Canyon on a high wire in 1948. No harness. No net.

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Published on Aug 19, 2013

Ivy Baldwin of Eldorado Springs, Colorado crosses Eldorado Canyon on a high wire on his 82nd birthday on July 31, 1948. It was his final high-wire crossing of the scenic canyon. Beginning in 1907, Baldwin had crossed the canyon -- his six-hundred foot long wire was strung at a height of five-hundred and eighty-two feet -- over eighty times. His last crossing, in this film, was done on a wire strung just for the occasion; at his daughter's insistence it was only 125 feet above South Boulder Creek.

Although little known outside of Colorado, Ivy Baldwin was one of the greatest funambulists who ever lived. He died in his sleep in his home in Eldorado Springs five years after this film was made, at the age of eighty-seven.

Credit for this film goes to photographer Rudolph M. Olson and to the Carnegie Branch of the Boulder Public Library.

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