John Stossel, journalist, author, and Central Park neighbor, tells the story of Balto, the sled dog whose heroic journey helped deliver diphtheria medicine to Alaska’s children in 1925.

There are plenty of dogs to see in Central Park, but the Balto statue has been a favorite for almost a century. The piece pays homage to the famed sled dog who battled tundra conditions in Alaska and helped save the state’s children.

Balto's History

Back in 1925, the hardy Siberian husky led more than 20 sled dog teams through cold snow and even colder temperatures, all to bring the medicine needed to fight a diphtheria epidemic. The teams made the 674-mile trip from Nenana to Nome in just 20 hours.

Balto Comes to Central Park

Balto became an instant hero and media darling, and New Yorkers were quick to show their support. The bronze sculpture, created by Frederick G.R. Roth, was dedicated that same year on December 17.


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