St. Urho, Mystery Castle, Bat Bombs

Don Wildman investigates a sculpture of a suspicious saint with a dubious past; visits a fortress at the center of a strange tale of secrecy, discovery, and death; and explores spectacular caverns and its multitude of bats.

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St. Urho
St. Urho's Day

St. Urho's Day

This statue of St. Urho, the patron saint of Finland, holds a place of honor in the small town of Menahga, MN.? But what is the true history behind this largely-forgotten religious figure? 960 1280

  

Mystery Castle

Mystery Castle

Rising out of the scorched desert terrain in Phoenix, AZ, is the Mystery Castle, a monstrous 3-story maze of parapets, towers and balconies. The mansion?s unique construction is a remarkable labor of love. It was built by an ailing father who dedicated his final years to making his child?s dreams come true. 960 1280

  

Mystery Castle

Mystery Castle

Here?s an inside look at one of the many?eclectic?rooms in the Mystery Castle, located in Pheonix, AZ. The castle was constructed out of reclaimed materials by an estranged father who was desperate to show his daughter that he really loved her. 960 1280

  

Bat Bomb

Bat Bomb

Located underneath New Mexico?s Chihuahuan Desert, Carlsbad Caverns is a spectacular labyrinth of limestone formations that is home to hundreds of thousands of bats. While the sight of these winged nocturnal creatures has fascinated the masses for over a century, they also inspired a bizarre and deadly military operation. 960 1280

  

Wyoming Incident

Wyoming Incident

Medicine Bow National Forest, in Southeastern Wyoming, encompasses more than 1 million acres of magnificent woodlands, crystal-blue streams and splendid mountains.? But this majestic natural wonder was reportedly once the scene of a terrifying close encounter with a visitor from afar. 960 1280

  

Wyoming Incident

Wyoming Incident

This is a vista overlooking?Medicine Bow National Forest in Southeastern Wyoming. ?Some people say this forest was once the site of an extraterrestrial abduction. 960 1280

  

Civil War Cross Dresser

Civil War Cross Dresser

This plaque honoring Civil War soldier Franklin Thompson sits outside the Genesee County Courthouse in Flint, MI. What secret does it conceal about the soldier?s true identity? 960 1280

  

Civil War Cross Dresser

Civil War Cross Dresser

The scenic Flint River flows through Flint, MI, the home of a notorious Civil War soldier.? 960 1280

  

The Invisible Marshall

The Invisible Marshall

In downtown Fort Smith, AR, this statue of Deputy US Marshal Bass Reeves sits in Pendergraft Park. Reeves was nicknamed the ?Invincible Marshall? after escaping death several times. 960 1280

  

The Invisible Marshall

The Invisible Marshall

This plaque dedicated to Deputy US Marshal Bass Reeves is located next to his statue in Fort Smith, AR.? But how did this invincible figure manage to repeatedly cheat death? 960 1280

  

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