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Balto

The Sled Dogs

 
 
Balto Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 17, 2009
1. Balto Marker
Inscription. Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of
The Sled Dogs
that relayed antitoxins six hundred miles over rough ice across treacherous waters through arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the winter of 1925.

Endurance, Fidelity, Intelligence
 
Erected 1925.
 
Location. 40° 46.192′ N, 73° 58.261′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from East Drive 0.2 miles north of Central Park Driveway, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is on footpath near East Drive and 67th Street. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10021, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thaddeus Kosciuszko (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edwin Franko Goldman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Andy Warhol (approx. ¼ mile away); Charles Evans Hughes (approx. ¼ mile away); The Pilgrim (approx. ¼ mile away); Bethesda Fountain and Terrace (approx. 0.3 miles away); Landmarks of New York (approx. 0.3 miles away); Theodore Roosevelt Lived Here (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding Balto. In January 1925, the city of Nome, Alaska
Balto Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 17, 2009
2. Balto Sculpture
BALTO is inscribed at the foot of the sculpture.
experienced an outbreak of diphtheria. The last musher, Gunnar Kasson, and his team lead by Balto, a black and white Alaskan malamute, raced over the frozen tundra in only five days and seven hours – a world record time. Within days after the arrival of the serum, the epidemic, which had claimed five lives, was over. "I couldn't see the trail. Many times I couldn't even see my dogs, so blinding was the gale. I gave Balto, my lead dog, his head and trusted him. He never once faltered. It was Balto who led the way. The credit is his."

Balto is the subject of several books and an animated film. He was the lead dog of the last sled team. Togo was the lead dog of longest run in the relay.

 
Also see . . .
1. Balto. New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (Submitted on October 18, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.) 

2. How did Balto end up in Cleveland?. "On March 19, 1927, Balto and six companions were brought to Cleveland and given a hero’s welcome in a triumphant parade through Public Square. The dogs were then taken to the Brookside Zoo (now the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo) to live out their lives in dignity. It was said that 15,000 people visited the dogs on their first day at the zoo. Balto died on March 14, 1933, at the age of 14. The husky’s body was mounted and is now housed in the Museum's permanent collection." (Submitted on August 14, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
Balto Monument image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 17, 2009
3. Balto Monument
 
 
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Balto Monument image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 17, 2009
4. Balto Monument
Balto, Taxidermied and on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History image. Click for full size.
photo by Luke Scarano, 2008
5. Balto, Taxidermied and on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,178 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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