The Last Bare Knuckle Boxer

A marker in Mississippi pays tribute to a larger-than-life athlete.

About The Show

Mysteries at the Monument host and history explorer Don Wildman investigates the world's most impressive - and sometimes obscure - structures, statues and national parks to uncover incredible tales hidden within them. Through compelling interviews, archival footage and enthralling recreations, the series takes viewers on an arresting journey, and leaves them with trivia perfect for any social gathering.
Season 3, Episode 7

Savior of Squalus, Saved Pisa, Candy Bomber

Host Don Wildman examines a memorial honoring a historic vessel that endured a maritime nightmare; investigates the ingenuity behind an iconic structure in Italy; and explores a German park that marks a sweet tale of a war hero.

Thursday
Feb 23
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 7

The Real Rocky, Dr. Burdell, Devil's Lake

Near the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art stands a statue of the fictional film icon Rocky Balboa. But who was the real life boxer who inspired this famous underdog tale? In Brooklyn's Greenwood Cemetery stand two tombstones in close proximity to each other, marking the final resting place of a wealthy murder victim and that of his possible killer. What was the strange relationship of these graveyard neighbors? And next to the retired USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego California is a colorful statue known asUnconditional Surrender,which depicts an iconic moment at the end of World War Two when a Navy sailor spontaneously kissed a nurse in Times Square. So, who were these iconic paramours?

Thursday
Mar 30
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 2

Teen Vampire, King of Cons, Devil in the White City

The Chestnut Hill Baptist Church in Exeter, Rhode Island is the site of a cemetery where a tombstone marks the resting place of a young woman who some believe haunted this small New England Town and inspired a literary classic. New York City's Brooklyn Bridge is the inspiration for one of America's most notorious scams, perpetrated by an expert con man whose daring scheme still resonates today. And in California's San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, two inmates pulled off a brazen escape from the country's most infamous prison.

Thursday
Mar 30
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 8

Sleeping Prophet, Mysterious Death of Mozart, Unsung Hero

In Hopkinsville, Kentucky's Riverside Cemetery is a simple stone grave marker for an individual named Edgar Cayce. This humble man is now considered one of the most important American psychics of the 20th century. But did he really have the power to heal the sick? In Brooklyn, New York's Prospect Park is a bronze bust of the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This brilliant musical prodigy died tragically at the young age of thirty-five. But was he a victim of murder? Denver, Colorado's Cheesman Park is a lovely urban green space, but few visitors here are aware of its sinister history. Formerly a dilapidated cemetery, this park is haunted by a ghastly episode from its past, which is said to have spawned a hell storm of paranormal activity and believed to have helped inspire a legendary horror film.

Thursday
Apr 6
2pm | 1c
Season 2, Episode 5

The Mystery of Captain Thunderbolt, Newsboy's versus The World, The Rocket Man

Host Don Wildman unmasks the mysterious and some say sinister former scholar of the Round Schoolhouse in Brookline Vermont; explores the David and Goliath tale of New York's newsboys; and explores a life-sized bronze statue of a pioneering explorer who dared to reach for the stars.

Thursday
Apr 13
12pm | 11c
Season 2, Episode 9

The Reanimator, Florida Three Toes, The Man Who Invented Martians

Host Don Wildman explores the University of California at Berkley where an ambitious scientist once tried to play god; investigates the tale of a Godzilla like creature stalking the beaches at Honeymoon Island State Park; and explains how the Lowell Observatory's namesake changed our perception of life in the universe.

Thursday
May 11
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 9

American Venus, Alien Abduction, Man Versus Bear

Scattered around New York City are three statues inspired by the same stunning model, who was a muse to hundreds of artists. But another man's obsession with her went far beyond fine art. In Arizona, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is home to over 400 species of wildlife and over 680 miles of rivers and streams. But this tranquil oasis was also the site of a bizarre and chilling encounter and a mysterious disappearance that many are convinced was an alien abduction. And the city of Buffalo, New York lends its name to a fiery and famous all-American food. But this culinary creation sparked an investigation and fierce debate that is still ongoing today.

Thursday
May 18
1pm | 12c
Season 3, Episode 13

Lady Godiva & the Peeping Tom, Bishop's Brain, Birds of a Feather

Host Don Wildman treks to Coventry, UK, to view a statue that tells a story of bravery, heads to a Brooklyn cemetery to uncover the death of a psychic, and ventures to the Everglades to check out birds that fueled a fashion trend.

Thursday
Jun 1
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 1

Kecksburg Space Acorn, Skyscraper Swindle, Emperor of the US

Host Don Wildman inspects a bizarre acorn-shaped sculpture that commemorates an otherworldly event, visits the world's smallest skyscraper which was at the heart of an outrageous scam, and marvels at an iconic engineering wonder inspired by an imperial eccentric figure.

Thursday
Jun 1
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 3

Smoky the Yorkie, Golden Gate Bridge, Impossible Climb

Host Don Wildman visits the memorial to the dog that became a celebrated war hero, examines the iconic bridge shrouded in tragedy, and heads to the state forest where a unidentified substance threatened an entire community.

Thursday
Jun 8
2pm | 1c
Season 3, Episode 1

Destiny Stone, Niagra Falls, Madness of Mary Todd

Don visits a famous London church that set the stage for an audacious heist; a natural wonder that Mother Nature herself threatened to shut down; and a prison that once housed a famous first lady.

Thursday
Jun 15
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 6

Ellis Island, Sailing Stones, Volcano Curse

NewYork's Ellis Island is filled with the history of the millions of immigrants who passed through its historic buildings. But one famous family, immortalized in a classic film, almost never made it through at all. Deep inside California's Death Valley National Park lies a dried-out lakebed containing a set of mysterious stones which seemingly have the ability to sail across the sand, baffling scientists to this day. And in San Antonio, Texas is a legendary and hallowed fortress which once saw one of America's most famous battles. Some believe that a vast treasure may be buried somewhere within its stone walls.

Thursday
Jun 22
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 13

Roosevelt's Moroccan Mission, The Last Bare Knuckle Boxer, America's First Spy Ring

Host Don Wildman explores battleship linked to tales of conspiracy and lies involving one of the nation's most loved presidents; examines the marker that commemorates the incredible story of the last bare knuckle boxing match; investigates the former home of the brains behind American's first spy ring.

Thursday
Jun 22
2pm | 1c