Did you know, Balto the dog, the four-legged hero who helped deliver the diphtheria serum to Nome, wasn’t the first to make an epic medicine run in Alaska? One of Anchorage’s most respected doctors took on a similar task four years earlier.
The year was 1921. Alaska Railroad doctor John Beeson got word that the banker in Iditarod is near death’s door. Beeson didn’t hesitate to attempt a rescue but would need some help along the way.
I shared this story on last week’s episode of Alaska Story Time with Aunt Phil that aired on Monday’s CBS station KTVA Channel 11. This is the last show for a couple of months, as I am spending part of my winter this year with four grandsons (all under the age of 4) in northern California.
Here’s the link to the “rest of the story,” from this broadcast.
And here’s a link to my newly released Volume Five if you haven’t ordered your copy yet.
Hugs to all!