Person Name Dixon, Samuel J.
Gender Male
Birth Date Unknown
Death Date Unknown
Dates Active September 6, 1890
Genre Specialization(s) Circus arts
Reference(s) Daredevils of Niagra Falls ,
Niagara Falls and Great Gorge Trivia
Notes Photographer and tightrope walker Samuel J. Dixon, of Toronto, walked the high wire over Niagra on September 6th, 1890. Wearing brown tights, black silk trunks, and his "lucky" Civil War cap, Dixon walked a seven-eigths inch wire over the Niagara River Gorge, above the most turbulent portion of the Whirlpool Rapids. His sixteen-foot-long balancing pole was made up of three pieces of gas pipe. After crossing from the Canadian side to the American side, on his return walk he further thrilled the crowd by standing on one foot, lying on the rope with the pole resting on his chest, and hanging from the wire by one hand. SFPALM Country: Canada

Associated Items

Associated Productions 1890Sep06, Niagara Falls, Dixon Crossing the Niagara
Representations of person in performance 1003619