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Balto Statue in Central Park - NY, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 40° 46.199 W 073° 58.260
18T E 586841 N 4513732
Quick Description: A monument featuring a bronze statue of lead dog Balto and a plaque honoring the sled dog team that brought life saving medication to Nome, Alaska is located in Central Park, NY.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 12/5/2017 2:22:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMX71G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 4

Long Description:

In the winter of 1925, Nome, Alaska was stricken by a diphtheria epidemic. To rescue the residents of Nome, Gunnar Kaasen's sled dog team with lead dog Balto was sent from Nenana to Nome, Alaska with life saving diphtheria antitoxin. To honor the heroic effort of the sled dogs a statue of Balto and an accompanying plaque was erected in Central Park.

A 4' by 2' by 1.5' bronze statue of Balto stand on a 1.5' high bronze plinth that matches the rock outcrop on which the statue is set. Balto's stands on spread apart legs. A harness is around his shoulders and a sled rope is hanging from his back and his tongue is sticking out of his mouth as if he is panting. His tail is curled over his back. The front of the plinth is inscribed BALTO. The statue was created by Frederick George Richard Roth in 1925.

The bronze plaque on the face of the rock outcrop has the image of the sled team and is inscribed:

DEDICATED TO THE INDOMITABLE SPIRIT OF
THE SLED DOGS
THAT RELAYED ANTITOXIN SIX HUNDRED MILES OVER ROUGH ICE
ACROSS THE TREACHEROUS WATERS THROUGH ARCTIC BLIZZARDS FROM
NENANA TO THE RELIEF OF STRICKEN NOME IN THE
WINTER OF 1925

ENDURANCE FIDELITY INTELLIGENCE

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