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 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
Feb 16
12pm | 11c
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
Mar 2
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 11

Escape From Slavery, A Witch On Hatteras Island, The Horn That Made A Big Bang

Host Don Wildman explores an historic home in Boston involved in one of the most audacious escapes from slavery of all time; investigates a majestic oak tree on Hatteras Island, NC linked to stories of witchcraft; and marvels at the Holmdel Horn antenna that forever changed our understanding of life itself.

Thursday
Mar 9
2pm | 1c
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
Mar 16
1pm | 12c
Season 3, Episode 8

Pretender Prince, American Lunch, Lie Factory

Host Don Wildman investigates a prison fortress in London that inspired a risky bid for the throne of England, examines a sculpture honoring civil rights, and tells the tale of a novelist who was the target of a smear campaign.

Thursday
Mar 23
1pm | 12c
Season 1, Episode 5

Chrysler Building, Stanford Mausoleum, Hindenburg Disaster

The Chrysler Building is one of Manhattan's most iconic skyscrapers. But its construction was fueled by a bitter rivalry between two one-time colleagues in a competition that transfixed the nation. A mausoleum on the campus of California's Stanford University commemorates one of this school's founding figures, whose chilling murder remains unsolved to this day. And in Hollywood, California, a star commemorates an iconic legend who graced the silver screen with her beauty and the world with a technological innovation that is still in use.

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

First Circus Elephant, Greenbrier Ghost, Daredevil Hoaxster

In Somers, New York, is a 20-foot granite obelisk on top of which sits a statue of a most unlikely pioneer - an elephant. "Old Bet" first arrived in America in 1805 and went on to a storied career as the first circus elephant. And although ten years later, she met a tragic fate, her legacy lives on. In a quiet graveyard in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, is a historic marker to the "Greenbrier Ghost." After a beautiful young woman dies, her mother receives a paranormal message from her daughter's ghost from beyond the grave, purportedly informing her that it was her husband who killed her. On the island of Kauai is a statue to the great British explorer, Captain James Cook, who met his tragic demise on anidyllic Hawaiian beach at the hands of a group of natives who he thought were friendly.

Thursday
Apr 6
12pm | 11c
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
May 11
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 4

Kidnapping The Sacred Cod, Baseball's Forgotten Hero, The Artichoke War

Host Don Wildman investigates the fishy disappearance of a sacred effigy at the Massachusetts State House; explores the truth behind the first African-American baseball player; and examines the statue of a New York mayor who looked to restore law and order using a vegetable.

Thursday
May 25
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 1

Sickness of the Brooklyn Bridge, Day the Sky Fell Down, Stairway from Heaven

NewYork's Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. But a mysterious disease once afflicted the many workers who toiled tirelessly tobuild it over the East River. The small town of Sylacauga, Alabama proudly displays a curious marble sculpture thatcommemorates an earth-shattering event that sparked a wave of fear and paranoia across the South. And California's Joshua Tree National Park was once the site of a strange plot involving the body of a legendary rock star.

Thursday
May 25
2pm | 1c
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 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 3, Episode 8

Pretender Prince, American Lunch, Lie Factory

Host Don Wildman investigates a prison fortress in London that inspired a risky bid for the throne of England, examines a sculpture honoring civil rights, and tells the tale of a novelist who was the target of a smear campaign.

Thursday
Jun 22
12pm | 11c