My son, Oliver and I, were lucky enough to spend a week in New York recently on “vacation”.
We visited all the usual sites : Empire State Building (twice), Top of the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty.
We even rode bikes around Central park.
But we couldnt visit Central Park in New York without visiting the famous Balto Statue.
As with most of the statues in Central Park, they are situated off the main path.
The Balto statue is at a crossroads of 3 paths and is raised around 5 feet in the air on a rock.
The statue itself is very detailed and depicts this heroic sled dog in all his glory.
A large plaque with an inscription below is dedicated to the sled dogs that helped save the people of Nome, Alaska from a Diphtheria epidemic back in 1925
Its very easy to get up close to the Balto statue for a photo, and you can even get up and touch it without plenty of trouble.
Also visiting the Balto Statue recently was Brian Presley. Brian is the man behind the new Balto / Togo movie – “The Great Alaskan Race” – not only did Brian write and direct the movie, he also plays the lead actor Leonard Seppala.
Brians young daughter also stars in the movie.
Whilst in New York we also visited the Natural History Museum (made famous in the movie franchise Night at the Museum).
There is a scene there and an explanation of the Chuckee people who were some of the first people to use sled dogs and in particular the Siberian Husky.
If you ever get the chance to visit New York, and in particular Central Park, a photo with the Balto Statue is highly recommended.