Cromwell 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.
Strong 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.