Monumental Mysteries: Kecksburg Acorn Pictures

Don Wildman investigates a bizarre acorn-shaped sculpture, the world's smallest skyscraper and a engineering wonder inspired by an eccentric figure.

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Mike the Headless Chicken
Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Fruita, CO, plays home to a peculiar sculpture made of rusted metal tools that commemorates a celebrity rooster -- Mike the Headless Chicken -- who defied biology and mesmerized an entire nation. 960 1280

  

Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Miracle Mike survived slaughter in a seemingly impossible way, becoming a marvel that amazed scientists and changed a farmer's life. 960 1280

  

Boon Island Shipwreck

Boon Island Shipwreck

Off the coast of Maine's popular resorts stands a desolate isle that is home to the tallest Lighthouse in New England -- Boon Island Lighthouse. 960 1280

  

Boon Island Shipwreck

Boon Island Shipwreck

This proud beacon was constructed in the aftermath of a terrible event involving greed, betrayal and some of the darkest deeds that people have ever been reduced to. 960 1280

  

Kidnapped Evangelist

Kidnapped Evangelist

Balboa Park in San Diego is the site that helped launch the career of an evangelical superstar who became embroiled in a scandal involving kidnapping, torture and sex. 960 1280

  

Mini Mummy

Mini Mummy

The Pedro Mountains, located 50 miles south of Casper, WY, are a vast, windswept mountain range with colossal granite domes. 960 1280

  

Mini Mummy

Mini Mummy

This rugged terrain hid a miniature treasure that captured the imaginations of biologists, and questioned what is known about the origin of humans in the American west.This rugged terrain hid a miniature treasure that captured the imaginations of biologists, and questioned what is known about the origin of humans in the American west. 960 1280

  

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay's Tower in Minneapolis is a landmark skyscraper that was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. It is now a luxury hotel. 960 1280

  

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay’s Folly

The Art Deco masterpiece known as Foshay's Tower was the focal point of an opulent celebration and devious scheme that shook the nation. 960 1280

  

America’s Forgotten President

America’s Forgotten President

Outside the county courthouse stands a bronze figure in colonial garb, depicting an unsung hero. 960 1280

  

America’s Forgotten President

America’s Forgotten President

This level-headed statesman held a fledgling nation together, but due to a legislative twist, was denied becoming the father of the country. 960 1280

  

Life-Sized Statue
Rocket Man

Rocket Man

Located in the center of Roswell is a life-sized bronze statue of a pioneering explorer who dared to reach for the stars. 960 1280

  

Rocket Man

Rocket Man

Though he was derided by both the public and the press, this determined figure's obsession with the moon helped launch a new age in space exploration. 960 1280

  

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

This architectural oddity was a place of enlightenment for over a century, but residents discovered that their schoolteacher might have had a notoriously criminal past. 960 1280

  

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

Located in Brookline, VT, is a strange, spherical brick structure that dates back to the 1820s and is fittingly known as the Round Schoolhouse. 960 1280

  

Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake

When the strangely preserved body of a young woman is found in the crystalline pool known as Lake Crescent, it plays a remarkable role in the quest to bring a cold-blooded killer to justice. 960 1280

  

Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake

Located in the center of Olympic National Park, Lake Crescent is known for its unusually pristine waters. 960 1280

  

Magic Hoodoo Rat

Magic Hoodoo Rat

An 8-foot- tall bronze statue of Frederick Douglass in the "Gateway to Harlem.". Some believe that this hero's achievements of escaping from slavery and leading the abolitionist cause would never have occurred had it not been for a chance encounter with a simple plant. 960 1280

  

Bizarre Mutilations

Bizarre Mutilations

Nestled between Colorado's soaring peaks, the unique mountains of sand located in Great Sand Dunes National Park have attracted visitors for years. 960 1280

  

Bizarre Mutilations

Bizarre Mutilations

When a local rancher stumbles upon an unusual crime scene, authorities begin to believe that the park has attracted an extraterrestrial guest. 960 1280

  

Newsboys Strike of 1899

Newsboys Strike of 1899

In Manhattan’s City Hall Park, a small monument marks the former site of one of the newspaper industry's most colossal companies and the unexpected rag- tag labor movement that threatened to bring it to its knees. 960 1280

  

Sacred Cod
Theft of the Sacred Cod

Theft of the Sacred Cod

Inside of the state house is an unusual woodcarving of a fish that was once at the center of a mysterious abduction that brought politics in Boston to a standstill. 960 1280

  

Theft of the Sacred Cod

Theft of the Sacred Cod

The Massachusetts State House, home to the governor's office and the state legislature, overlooks the city of Boston from its perch on Beacon Hill. 960 1280

  

Watseka Wonder

Watseka Wonder

At the Roff home in Illinois, a teenage girl who was seemingly possessed by spirits convinced her parents and doctors to consider a heart breaking treatment. 960 1280

  

Watseka Wonder

Watseka Wonder

In the rural outskirts of the tiny city of Watseka, IL, is an architectural Victorian gem with big arching windows that harbors a frightening secret from the afterlife. 960 1280

  

King of Jazz

King of Jazz

A handsome and charismatic cornet player from New Orleans began playing with a trailblazing style that sent audiences into frenzy, but may have also caused a dark shift in his personality that lead to insanity. 960 1280

  

King of Jazz

King of Jazz

Near the popular French Quarter, a bizarre, 7-foot-tall, 3-headed statue honors a tragic musical hero. 960 1280

  

Secret of the Sphinx

Secret of the Sphinx

Outside of Los Angeles, the magnificent Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve is home to towering, 500-foot-high sand dunes that guard secrets of lost relics. 960 1280

  

Secret of the Sphinx

Secret of the Sphinx

On these drifts, a powerful movie director built an ancient city for an unprecedented biblical odyssey. After filming ended, the massive construction seemingly vanished into thin air. 960 1280

  

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

This unsung baseball hero stood firmly against fierce rivals both on and off the playing field, and was the first to break through the cruelest of social barriers. 960 1280

  

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

In the shadow of Toledo, OH?s ballpark is a modest marker that commemorates one of baseball's greatest pioneers who is almost entirely absent from the history books. 960 1280

  

Artichoke War

Artichoke War

New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia declared war on a violent and vicious enemy but incredibly, his weapon of choice was an item found more on a dinner plate than the mean streets of the city. 960 1280

  

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Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Fruita, CO, plays home to a peculiar sculpture made of rusted metal tools that commemorates a celebrity rooster -- Mike the Headless Chicken -- who defied biology and mesmerized an entire nation. 960 1280

  

Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Miracle Mike survived slaughter in a seemingly impossible way, becoming a marvel that amazed scientists and changed a farmer's life. 960 1280

  

Boon Island Shipwreck

Boon Island Shipwreck

Off the coast of Maine's popular resorts stands a desolate isle that is home to the tallest Lighthouse in New England -- Boon Island Lighthouse. 960 1280

  

Boon Island Shipwreck

Boon Island Shipwreck

This proud beacon was constructed in the aftermath of a terrible event involving greed, betrayal and some of the darkest deeds that people have ever been reduced to. 960 1280

  

Kidnapped Evangelist

Kidnapped Evangelist

Balboa Park in San Diego is the site that helped launch the career of an evangelical superstar who became embroiled in a scandal involving kidnapping, torture and sex. 960 1280

  

Mini Mummy

Mini Mummy

The Pedro Mountains, located 50 miles south of Casper, WY, are a vast, windswept mountain range with colossal granite domes. 960 1280

  

Mini Mummy

Mini Mummy

This rugged terrain hid a miniature treasure that captured the imaginations of biologists, and questioned what is known about the origin of humans in the American west.This rugged terrain hid a miniature treasure that captured the imaginations of biologists, and questioned what is known about the origin of humans in the American west. 960 1280

  

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay's Tower in Minneapolis is a landmark skyscraper that was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. It is now a luxury hotel. 960 1280

  

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay’s Folly

The Art Deco masterpiece known as Foshay's Tower was the focal point of an opulent celebration and devious scheme that shook the nation. 960 1280

  

America’s Forgotten President

America’s Forgotten President

Outside the county courthouse stands a bronze figure in colonial garb, depicting an unsung hero. 960 1280

  

America’s Forgotten President

America’s Forgotten President

This level-headed statesman held a fledgling nation together, but due to a legislative twist, was denied becoming the father of the country. 960 1280

  

Rocket Man

Rocket Man

Located in the center of Roswell is a life-sized bronze statue of a pioneering explorer who dared to reach for the stars. 960 1280

  

Rocket Man

Rocket Man

Though he was derided by both the public and the press, this determined figure's obsession with the moon helped launch a new age in space exploration. 960 1280

  

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

This architectural oddity was a place of enlightenment for over a century, but residents discovered that their schoolteacher might have had a notoriously criminal past. 960 1280

  

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

Located in Brookline, VT, is a strange, spherical brick structure that dates back to the 1820s and is fittingly known as the Round Schoolhouse. 960 1280

  

Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake

When the strangely preserved body of a young woman is found in the crystalline pool known as Lake Crescent, it plays a remarkable role in the quest to bring a cold-blooded killer to justice. 960 1280

  

Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake

Located in the center of Olympic National Park, Lake Crescent is known for its unusually pristine waters. 960 1280

  

Magic Hoodoo Rat

Magic Hoodoo Rat

An 8-foot- tall bronze statue of Frederick Douglass in the "Gateway to Harlem.". Some believe that this hero's achievements of escaping from slavery and leading the abolitionist cause would never have occurred had it not been for a chance encounter with a simple plant. 960 1280

  

Bizarre Mutilations

Bizarre Mutilations

Nestled between Colorado's soaring peaks, the unique mountains of sand located in Great Sand Dunes National Park have attracted visitors for years. 960 1280

  

Bizarre Mutilations

Bizarre Mutilations

When a local rancher stumbles upon an unusual crime scene, authorities begin to believe that the park has attracted an extraterrestrial guest. 960 1280

  

Newsboys Strike of 1899

Newsboys Strike of 1899

In Manhattan’s City Hall Park, a small monument marks the former site of one of the newspaper industry's most colossal companies and the unexpected rag- tag labor movement that threatened to bring it to its knees. 960 1280

  

Theft of the Sacred Cod

Theft of the Sacred Cod

Inside of the state house is an unusual woodcarving of a fish that was once at the center of a mysterious abduction that brought politics in Boston to a standstill. 960 1280

  

Theft of the Sacred Cod

Theft of the Sacred Cod

The Massachusetts State House, home to the governor's office and the state legislature, overlooks the city of Boston from its perch on Beacon Hill. 960 1280

  

Watseka Wonder

Watseka Wonder

At the Roff home in Illinois, a teenage girl who was seemingly possessed by spirits convinced her parents and doctors to consider a heart breaking treatment. 960 1280

  

Watseka Wonder

Watseka Wonder

In the rural outskirts of the tiny city of Watseka, IL, is an architectural Victorian gem with big arching windows that harbors a frightening secret from the afterlife. 960 1280

  

King of Jazz

King of Jazz

A handsome and charismatic cornet player from New Orleans began playing with a trailblazing style that sent audiences into frenzy, but may have also caused a dark shift in his personality that lead to insanity. 960 1280

  

King of Jazz

King of Jazz

Near the popular French Quarter, a bizarre, 7-foot-tall, 3-headed statue honors a tragic musical hero. 960 1280

  

Secret of the Sphinx

Secret of the Sphinx

Outside of Los Angeles, the magnificent Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve is home to towering, 500-foot-high sand dunes that guard secrets of lost relics. 960 1280

  

Secret of the Sphinx

Secret of the Sphinx

On these drifts, a powerful movie director built an ancient city for an unprecedented biblical odyssey. After filming ended, the massive construction seemingly vanished into thin air. 960 1280

  

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

This unsung baseball hero stood firmly against fierce rivals both on and off the playing field, and was the first to break through the cruelest of social barriers. 960 1280

  

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

In the shadow of Toledo, OH?s ballpark is a modest marker that commemorates one of baseball's greatest pioneers who is almost entirely absent from the history books. 960 1280

  

Artichoke War

Artichoke War

New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia declared war on a violent and vicious enemy but incredibly, his weapon of choice was an item found more on a dinner plate than the mean streets of the city. 960 1280