Located near the Willowdell Arch on the east side of the park (near east 67th street), the Statue of Balto has been popular with kids for decades. In January 1925 this brave malamute led a dogsled team across the icy Alaskan tundra, delivering much needed medicine to Nome to stop a Diphtheria outbreak.
Balto became a national hero overnight. Every child in America wanted to pull a sled and sleep on a pile of other children. Upon arriving in New York for a parade in his honor, Balto was appalled to see dogs living under terrible conditions and earning the same wages as human women.
Determined to make life better for his canine brethren, Balto ran as an Independent candidate for Mayor in 1925. His campaign slogan “Balto – He’s a good boy” was very popular with pet owners across the city, but sadly the brave sled dog from Alaska was crushed in the election by the crooked Tammany Hall backed candidate Jimmy Walker.
Balto returned to Alaska after the election. Undaunted by his defeat in New York, he ran for an open seat on the Nome town council the following year. He lost.