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 Balto the Wonder Dog

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Balto the Wonder Dog

  • Birth 1919 Nome, Nome Census Area, Alaska, USA
  • Death 14 Mar 1933 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 9169

Wonder Dog. Balto was the new rookie lead dog for a sled team operated by Alaskan dog sled master, Gunnar Kaasen. Gunnar Kaasen was in the second to last leg of a dog team relay that had to deliver some diphtheria epidemic lifesaving intitoxin serum from Anchorage Alaska to Nome. Gunnar could not find the next person in the relay in a blinding blizzard and had to continue on all the way to Nome. With Balto leading, Gunnar carried on and managed to survive to deliver the antitoxin. Balto and his heroic team then became famous and toured the USA. In 1927, a Cleveland businessman discovered the dogs on display in Los Angeles, ill kept and in poor health. He organized Cleveland residents who donated money to buy the dog team. The money was raised and the team was brought to Cleveland. After Balto died in 1933, Balto was taxidermied, mounted and put on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The museum runs a film shot in 1925 of Balto and the original team.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 17 Apr 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9169
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Balto the Wonder Dog (1919–14 Mar 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9169, citing Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .