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 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 10

Devil's Music, Fisherman's Wharf, Teddy Bear

In Clarksdale, Mississippi, is a monument comprised of three massive guitars, known as the Crossroads Monument. It marks the spot where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson is said to have made a deal with the devil which endowed him with his renowned musical skills. In San Francisco, California, Fisherman's Wharf is a tourist mecca and the long-time home of the city's commercial fishing fleet. But in the 1850s, this site was also at the center of one of the biggest scandals in the history of San Francisco. In Southern Alaska, the Chugach National Forest is the site of a mysterious 1972 small aircraft disappearance, involving two of the most powerful men in the U.S. Congress, Congressmen Hale Boggs and Nick Begich. The facts of this incident suggest the cause may be rooted in something more sinister than a weather-related crash.

Thursday
Apr 6
1pm | 12c
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 1, Episode 13

Ames Pyramid, Straus Titanic, Cracking the Zodiac

On a high summit near Laramie, Wyoming is a strange pyramidal structure that looks like something from ancient Egypt or Mayan Mexico. But this monument actually commemorates one of the greatest technological achievements of the 19th century and one of the worst scandals. In a peaceful park onManhattan's Upper West Side is a poignant statue commemorating a tragic love story that began in New York City and ended in the frozen seas of the NorthAtlantic, with the sinking of the RMSTitanic. Off the western shore of Lake Berryessa in Napa County, California is a strip of land that locals have dubbed Zodiac Island as a testament to its sinister past. It was here that two victims of one of California's most notorious serials killer were found.

Thursday
Apr 13
2pm | 1c
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Thursday
May 4
2pm | 1c
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 11

Black Magic, Tobacco Heir, Everest Disaster

Host Don Wildman heads to sunny Pasadena to explore the mysterious death of renowned scientist, investigate the murder of gaudy heir and his celebrity wife, and probe the true story behind one of Mt. Everest's deadliest disasters.

Thursday
Jun 8
1pm | 12c
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 2, Episode 3

Mike The Headless Chicken, The Mystery Of Boon Island, Sister Aimee's Scandal

Host Don Wildman examines an unusual sculpture of a death-defying creature; gazes upon a lonely outpost built atop an island that witnessed unspeakable horrors; and explores a spectacular park linked to a preacher who shocked the world with her scandalous tale.

Thursday
Jun 15
2pm | 1c
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