Great Trail Dogs

“For years, with great dogs, I toiled and often with them was in great perils. Much of my work was accomplished by their aid. So I believe in dogs, and here in this book I have written of some of them and their deeds.”
~Egerton Ryerson Young, in My Dogs In The Northland (1902)


Balto Central Park

The Central Park statue of Balto, one of many dog heroes of the 1925 Serum Run to Nome.

The BLM Alaska website is a trove of mushing history, with excellent articles on the Iditarod National Historic Trail and related topics. An addition to the site last year is a page on Famous Trail Dogs, a salute to some of the famous and not-so-famous sled dogs who traveled the Iditarod Trail and others in Alaska’s storied past. Edited by Helen Hegener, the page shares information about stalwart canines such as Togo, Fritz, Baldy, Kolyma, Wolf and others, whose lead-dog skills and great hearts helped shape the history of Alaska. Here are their photos, for their stories, click on the link to the BLM site above.

Baldy of Nome oval copy

Baldy of Nome

Fritz in Nome copy


Gunnar_Kaasen_with_Balto copy

Balto, with Gunnar Kaasen



Slim and Rembrandt

Rembrandt, with Slim Williams


Kolyma (left) with ‘Iron Man’ Johnson

Togo sitting


About Helen Hegener

Author and publisher, Northern Light Media and Alaskan History Magazine.
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