The Real Story of Balto, Hero Dog of Alaska

The animated film, Balto, tells the true story of a heroic sled dog.

Thanks in part to the 1995 animated movie, Balto, we are now familiar with this hero sled dog of Alaska who, in 1923, saved the people of Nome, Alaska, from a deadly outbreak of diphtheria. The real story of Balto is just as exciting. Here we have a smart and determined dog, faithful and loyal to his musher, who braved harsh conditions to do the impossible. In his honor, there is now, in addition to the popular cartoon movie, a statue of the heroic dog in New York’s Central Park and an annual dog sled race that has grown to be the most popular event of its kind. Here is the real story of Balto, the hero dog of Alaska.