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Balto

The Sled Dogs

 
 
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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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsHeroesRoads & VehiclesScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 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. Marker is on footpath near East Drive and 67th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10021, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to the Dene Slope (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Shakespeare (about 400 feet away); Robert Burns Statue (about 400 feet away); Sir Walter Scott (about
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.
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400 feet away); William John Liebig (about 500 feet away); Lehman Gates (about 500 feet away); Columbus (about 500 feet away); Seventh Regiment New York (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding Balto. In January 1925, the city of Nome, Alaska 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. Balto - The Dog, The Statue and the Disgrace
Balto Monument image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 17, 2009
3. Balto Monument
. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on March 20, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
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 more information.
photo by Luke Scarano, 2008
5. Balto, taxidermied and on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
BALTO: The hero dog of Nome, Alaska
How did Balto end up in Cleveland?
Link below:
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,369 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on August 12, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.

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