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extended tour of the major cities to promote interest in flying and demonstrate planes to possible buyers. Ely started this tour at Eureka, California on May 27th and 28th, and from then until mid-July he made flights at the following western cities: Chico, California; Medford, Salem and Portland, Oregon; Butte, Kalispel, Great Falls, Missoula and Lewiston, Montana; Seattle, Washington and Reno, Nevada, where his flying was of unusual interest. An estimated 35,000 people from all parts of the Sagebrush State turned out to see him - the Governor and his staff, Indians from several tribes, cowboys, miners and old settlers who could not believe their eyes, and Ely was really at his best. On the entire tour he had done fine work and created a tremendous amount of interest in aviation which reportedly resulted in selling a few Curtiss planes. After completing this assignment in July Ely west East and on August 5th was one of three contestants in the New York to Philadelphia $5,000 race sponored [[sponsored]] by the Curtiss Exhibition Company and Gimbel Bros. Stores. Scheduled for the event were Beachey, Robinson and Hamilton, but a few days before the race Hamilton withdrew and Ely took his place. The prize was for the fastest flight between the Gimbel New York and Philadelphia Stores. The aviators took off from Governors Island and up the East River to 33rd Street, then across Manhattan, passing over the New York Gimbel Store, the official starting point. Beachey started first, Ely second and Robinson last. Ely was forced down at New Brunswick, New Jersey with a clogged fuel line and Beachey won the race. August 12th to 20th Ely was a contestant in the famed 1911 Chicago Meet at Grant Park. There he was very active, spending a lot of time in the air, entertaining all the major events and put up a fine showing. August 25th and 26th he flew at Kenosha, Wisconsin, then went to the Boston-Harvard Meet, where he was an active contestant through September 4th. There he flew with Grahame-White, Tom Sopwith, Atwood, Beatty, Gill and Ovington. September 8th to 10th Ely flew in a meet at Brighton Beach, near Coney Island, Long Island, New York with Grahame-White, Tom Sopwith, Atwood and Beatty. September 26th to 28th he flew at the Stark County Fair, Canton, Ohio, then went to the Nassau Boulevard Meet on Long [[left margin]] From the Flying Pioneers Biographies Harold E. Morehouse [[/left margin]]
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