|Balto, Frederick G. R. Roth, cast 1925|
The statue above was cast in the likeness of Balto, the lead dog from the final team. The monument was commissioned to recognize all the participating dogs, many of which lost their lives in the relay. The accompanying plaque reads, "Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxin 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."
Commemorated in December 1925, Balto now stands watch in New York's Central Park near the Children's Zoo.
-Rachel Brooks, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Photograph Archives