Monumental Mysteries: Sacred Cod Pictures

Host Don Wildman investigates the fishy disappearance of a sacred effigy; explores the truth behind the first African-American baseball player; and examines the statue of a New York mayor.

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Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant is a mammoth structure with a body that is 38 feet long and 80 feet around with 17-foot-long ears and 22-foot-long tusks, and stands 65 feet high. As a ploy to attract land buyers to his site, 25-year-old James V. Lafferty constructed Lucy. The plan failed, but over the years Lucy is used as a summer rental home, a tavern and a boarding house. She is a major tourist attraction and beloved symbol of Margate City, NJ. 960 1280

  

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant

Located on Absecon Island on the New Jersey coastline, Margate City is famous for the large mammoth structure known as Lucy the Elephant. 960 1280

  

Capitol Bomber

Capitol Bomber

In July 1915, bomb expert Frank Holt destroyed the Senate Reception Room with a time bomb. He used a specific amount of sulfuric acid that steadily ate its way through a cork and reacted with mercury to detonate the fuse. After the bombing, Holt became the No. 1 public enemy in America. 960 1280

  

Hitler in Hollywood

Hitler in Hollywood

Murphy?s Ranch is an American Nazi bunker that some believe has ties to Hitler. Predicting chaos would ensue in the wake of WWII, its occupants wanted to ensure that they had an appropriate base in North America from which they could begin a fascist government. 960 1280

  

Hitler in Hollywood

Hitler in Hollywood

Home to a dangerous group of Nazi sympathizers called the Silver Shirts, Murphy?s Ranch -- a powerhouse in Los Angeles -- functioned as a self-sufficient community and base for the group?s dreams of a fascist government. 960 1280

  

Bulletproof Handkerchief

Bulletproof Handkerchief

Main Street in Tombstone, AZ, is where a silk handkerchief was found to be impenetrable by bullets. After witnessing many duels outside of the Oriental Saloon, Dr. George Goodfellow began to study the resistance power of silk. In 1893, his research on the matter led to the invention of the first bulletproof vest by Casimir Zeglen. 960 1280

  

Bulletproof Handkerchief

Bulletproof Handkerchief

A sign in the heart of Tombstone, AZ, details 2 duels that occurred outside of the Oriental Saloon. Arguments between gamblers were often settled by duels outside the saloon. 960 1280

  

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

  


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