Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Anchorage, Alaska: Sled Dog Statue

The world's most famous dog sled race is the Iditerod, which goes from Anchorage to Nome. Every year in March, Anchorage goes bonkers over the start of the race, throwing a big party.

There's a ceremonial starting point to the race, and you are looking at it. This statue was created to pay tribute to all of the mushers and dogs that have worked in Alaska over the years. Look for it at D St. and 4th Ave. in downtown Anchorage.

It is not a tribute to Balto the Wonder Dog. Balto was part of a dog sled team headed by Leonhard Seppala that carried medical serum to Nome in 1925. The Balto Seppala Park is in a different part of Anchorage.

By the way, Balto became so famous that another statue was put up to honor the dog ... in Central Park in New York. You can read all about his dramatic story here.

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