Ellis Island, Sailing Stones, Alamo Treasure

David Biagi
Don Wildman visits a 27-acre island that played a central role in the lives of one of music's most famous families, examines a mysterious set of stones that some say have the ability to move across a hostile desert landscape, and heads to a legendary 300-year-old fortress that may contain a vast treasure.

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The Alamo
The Alamo

The Alamo

Remembered as a symbol of heroic struggle against impossible odds, the Alamo draws millions of visitors each year. But unbeknownst to many, this hallowed ground may also be the site of a secret fortune. 960 1280

Jeremy Woodhouse  

Arizona’s Grand Canyon

Arizona’s Grand Canyon

The 1.2 million acres of Arizona’s Grand Canyon offer a spectacular array of geological wonders, enthralling visitors and enticing those with a taste for adventure. 960 1280

  

Grand Canyon Newlyweds Disappear

Grand Canyon Newlyweds Disappear

In the early 20th century, a daring pair of newlyweds set off on a trip down the canyon’s Colorado River that they hoped would earn them a place in the history books. And while they eventually became famous, it was not for the reasons they expected. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

San Jose, CA, is home to a sprawling Victorian-era mansion spread over 6 acres and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 fireplaces and 6 kitchens, the Winchester Mystery House belonged to a woman who believed spirits were trying to kill her. 960 1280

Barry King/WireImage  

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Resting on a 27-acre island just over a mile off the tip of Lower Manhattan is the former gateway for newcomers to New York City. Ellis Island’s grand inspection station – completed in 1900 – welcomed 5,000 immigrants a day for half a century. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont

By the outbreak of World War II, Ellis Island was used solely as a detention station, from which enemy aliens and spies were deported. In an unlucky twist of fate, the Von Trapps, a much-loved singing family from Austria, were once held captive there. They were eventually released and settled down on a dairy farm in Stowe, VT. 960 1280

  

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Deep inside California’s Death Valley National Park lies a dried-out lakebed called the Racetrack Playa. Here, a mysterious set of stones have been making a silent journey across the desert, unaided by human hands. Scientists have been baffled by the phenomenon for generations, unable to explain its strange behavior. 960 1280

Dennis Flaherty  

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 333,000 acres of craters, scalded desert and rainforests. Mauna Loa holds the distinction of being the world’s most massive volcano -- at 30 miles long and 60 miles wide, it takes up half the island and is larger than Mount Everest. 960 1280

  

Mauna Loa

Mauna Loa

For centuries, Mauna Loa’s eruptions have been frequent, but one in particular was extremely dangerous for residents. On Nov. 21, 1935, Mauna Loa erupted, and 2 weeks later lava began oozing towards the town of Hilo at an alarming rate. The town was miraculously spared when a naval officer came up with a strange plan. 960 1280

  

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