Balto Statue
Balto Statue
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Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighborhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighborhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
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  • 68th St – Hunter College • 4 min walk
  • Lexington Ave / 63rd St • 6 min walk
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Meg_Meg_Marie
Huntersville, NC189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I think we all know by now that this statue should be of Togo. Togo ran 261 miles of the Great Race of Mercy as a sole lead dog of his team while Balto only ran the last 55 miles with a co-lead named Fox. With that being said, this statue is easy to find, and still really cool to see. It's amazing to think what these dogs are capable of, and how many people would have died if it wasn't for them.
Written January 30, 2020
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LMJST
Leonardtown, MD290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
My granddaughters always loved the movie Balto, watched it over and over again. And so, when we went to the Central Park Zoo last week as part of a 5 day trip to Manhattan, I reminded them that the statue would be close by. Here they are, now 16 years old (twins), and still they were thrilled to see THE statue from their beloved childhood movie. Brought a smile to my face (and a great wish to turn back time and have my little toddler granddaughters back, even for just a day!). This visit will now be a new favorite memory...
Written August 22, 2019
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Adam
Fernie, Canada94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Visited the statue on a rainy Thursday. Cool statue dedicate to ALL the sled dogs and mushers who delivered diphtheria anti-toxin almost 700 miles from Nenana to Nome, Alaska. Balto happened to run the last 55 mile leg of the relay, and hence got the glory, so there is some controversy that surrounds this.

For more information on the 1925 serum run to Nome, consult your local library!
Written May 25, 2019
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Tim
Oklahoma City, OK1,365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
Balto was the lead sled dog who led the sled dog team across a frozen lake in a snowstorm in 1925 with the life saving diptheria serum for children in Nome Alaska. In near whiteout conditions, the sled dog driver, in order to save time, trusted Balto to lead them across a frozen part of the sea on the way to Nome Alaska. And he made it!!! Many lives were saved. And this proud monument is dedicated towards his courage and skill. I am still in awe. Easy access to see the statue in Central Park, close to 67th Street. The statue is shown on most directories of what to see in the park. A great place for photos.
Written December 23, 2017
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robcurtross
New York City, NY14,583 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
This is a favorite stop on my hikes in the park.

Balto became a wonder in 1925, when the town of Nome, Alaska, was caught in a diphtheria epidemic, completely isolated from the outside world. Dr. Curtis Welch, the only physician in town, put out an urgent radio appeal for lifesaving antitoxin serum. Already several children had died and others were ill with the highly contagious disease. A hospital in Anchorage had a plentiful supply of fresh serum -- but how could it get to Nome in the dead of winter, with the ocean iced over, 700 miles from the nearest railroad?

State officials decided that the one sure way to get the serum through was by a continuous dog sled relay.

The honor of delivering the serum to Dr. Welch fell to an Alaskan dog sled master, Gunnar Kaasen, who had a team of Siberian huskies with a rookie lead dog named Balto. After the hand-off from the first dog sled team, Gunnar traversed the hellacious final 53 miles, with temperatures at 60 below zero and 70 mph winds.

Kaasen was blinded by the blizzard, which at times flipped the sled off the trail. He had to place all his trust in Balto. Second-to-last on the relay, Kaasen actually missed the hand-off to the last team -- remember, he was snowblind -- and continued on to Nome. They made it; the serum arrived on February 2, in time to halt the epidemic.

The heroic dogs toured the U.S., but their fame eventually faded, and the team was sold to a vaudeville promoter. In 1927, a Cleveland businessman visiting Los Angeles discovered the dogs on display, ill kept and in poor health. Cleveland schoolchildren donated pennies and residents chipped in to to raise $2,000 to buy Balto and the team. The money was raised and the team was brought to Cleveland.

After his death in 1933, Balto was stuffed and put on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where he still stands today.
Written August 16, 2016
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Annaline
Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
At evening hours you only know that this statue is a little bit different than all others around because of crowds with usually gathering around. Poorly lit at night. Plaques are not readable at evening
Written December 9, 2019
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Adam B
Cebu City, Philippines1,184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The Balto Statue is located within Central Park and is pretty easy to find with the help of most online maps. It's a nice tribute to a Siberian Husky that trekked for hundreds of miles in freezing temperatures to deliver the diphtheria vaccine to fight the outbreak in Alaska. Definitely worth a visit if going to Central Park.
Written July 26, 2019
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KC Gypsy Explorer
Crawfordville, FL1,491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
My grandaughter loved the Balto Statue. It is pretty large and sits on a small hill of rocks that the kids can climb on. Lots of kids were getting their photos taken.
Written July 2, 2019
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Escape-overseas
Stevenage, UK1,757 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
One of many bronze statues in the park, but this one is to 'man's best friend' to commemorate an Alaskan Husky who led a sledge of medical supplies through the Alaskan winter to put pay to an outbreak of diphtheria in 1925.
Written May 14, 2019
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LexiV
Cleveland, OH907 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
We stopped here in honor of Balto. The actual Balto is taxidermied in our local natural history museum and my kids love the movie so it was worth the stop for us. If you're coming from 5th Avenue just walk past the zoo and he's on your left.
Written May 2, 2019
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