Monumental Mysteries: Lucy the Elephant Pictures

Don Wildman encounters a majestic mammoth that boasts an incredible tale of survival, investigates an iconic landmark and much more.

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Peculiar Monument
Kecksburg Space Acorn

Kecksburg Space Acorn

This peculiar monument was inspired by a mysterious object that reportedly fell from the sky and sparked a storm of controversy, panic and fear 960 1280

  

Kecksburg Space Acorn

Kecksburg Space Acorn

The quaint town of Kecksburg, PA, is home to a giant acorn-shaped sculpture with strange hieroglyphic-like markings. 960 1280

  

Murder at the Mission

Murder at the Mission

Located in San Miguel, CA, this splendid, 18th century adobe structure is steeped in history and culture. 960 1280

  

Murder at the Mission

Murder at the Mission

The serenity of this landmark belies its sinister past. These sacred grounds witnessed the horrific scene of one of the state's earliest mass murders. 960 1280

  

Skyscraper Swindle

Skyscraper Swindle

Despite its diminutive size, this building boasts a tall tale and is a monument to the greed and gullibility that came during America's oil boom era. 960 1280

  

Skyscraper Swindle

Skyscraper Swindle

In the downtown district of Wichita, TX, stands a 4-story, 40-foot-tall high-rise structure that is known as the world's smallest skyscraper. 960 1280

  

Holocaust Hero

Holocaust Hero

In the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles, there is a distinguished bronze figure that honors a remarkable hero who never sought the spotlight. 960 1280

  

Holocaust Hero

Holocaust Hero

Through an extraordinary act of courage, this brave diplomat defied the Nazi regime and helped save thousands of lives during World War 2. 960 1280

  

Emperor of the United States

Emperor of the United States

Spanning 8.5 miles, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is one of the country's busiest and longest crossings. 960 1280

  

Emperor of the United States

Emperor of the United States

This 20th century steel wonder might have never existed if it wasn't for a visionary eccentric who declared himself the Emperor of the United States. 960 1280

  

La Belle Rebelle

La Belle Rebelle

On the side of a quiet road in Martinsburg, WV, there is a small, unassuming signpost with a simple inscription underneath 2 Civil War era hats. 960 1280

  

La Belle Rebelle

La Belle Rebelle

While this unadorned marker is easily overlooked, it tells a larger-than-life tale of an enigmatic beauty who fought for her cause by using her feminine wiles. 960 1280

  

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

  

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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Kecksburg Space Acorn

Kecksburg Space Acorn

This peculiar monument was inspired by a mysterious object that reportedly fell from the sky and sparked a storm of controversy, panic and fear 960 1280

  

Kecksburg Space Acorn

Kecksburg Space Acorn

The quaint town of Kecksburg, PA, is home to a giant acorn-shaped sculpture with strange hieroglyphic-like markings. 960 1280

  

Murder at the Mission

Murder at the Mission

Located in San Miguel, CA, this splendid, 18th century adobe structure is steeped in history and culture. 960 1280

  

Murder at the Mission

Murder at the Mission

The serenity of this landmark belies its sinister past. These sacred grounds witnessed the horrific scene of one of the state's earliest mass murders. 960 1280

  

Skyscraper Swindle

Skyscraper Swindle

Despite its diminutive size, this building boasts a tall tale and is a monument to the greed and gullibility that came during America's oil boom era. 960 1280

  

Skyscraper Swindle

Skyscraper Swindle

In the downtown district of Wichita, TX, stands a 4-story, 40-foot-tall high-rise structure that is known as the world's smallest skyscraper. 960 1280

  

Holocaust Hero

Holocaust Hero

In the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles, there is a distinguished bronze figure that honors a remarkable hero who never sought the spotlight. 960 1280

  

Holocaust Hero

Holocaust Hero

Through an extraordinary act of courage, this brave diplomat defied the Nazi regime and helped save thousands of lives during World War 2. 960 1280

  

Emperor of the United States

Emperor of the United States

Spanning 8.5 miles, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is one of the country's busiest and longest crossings. 960 1280

  

Emperor of the United States

Emperor of the United States

This 20th century steel wonder might have never existed if it wasn't for a visionary eccentric who declared himself the Emperor of the United States. 960 1280

  

La Belle Rebelle

La Belle Rebelle

On the side of a quiet road in Martinsburg, WV, there is a small, unassuming signpost with a simple inscription underneath 2 Civil War era hats. 960 1280

  

La Belle Rebelle

La Belle Rebelle

While this unadorned marker is easily overlooked, it tells a larger-than-life tale of an enigmatic beauty who fought for her cause by using her feminine wiles. 960 1280

  

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

  

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