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Balto Is No Ordinary Husky

Statues are just one way through which the Central Park Conservancy accomplishes its mission of keeping Central Park beautiful. The total number of sculptures in the care of the Central Park Conservancy is said to be over 50. The statues depict an array of characters including authors, poets, military heroes, and American historical figures. There are also a few statues of wonderful animals, most notably the statue of Balto. Balto was a black and white Siberian husky sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 run to Nome, Alaska to deliver a diphtheria antitoxin serum to combat an outbreak of diphtheria. The serum was first transported by train from Anchorage, Alaska to Nenana, Alaska and then was scheduled to continue to Nome via aircraft. However, the engine of the only aircraft that could quickly deliver the medicine was frozen and would not start....
Posted to Attractions on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 11:22:02 AM

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