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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 3, Episode 9

Gunpowder Plot, Yellowstone, Cops are Robbers

Host Don Wildman examines the 17th century plot that threatened Parliament, treks to a Wyoming mountain to uncover the true story that inspired America's first national park, and visits a Massachusetts night deposit box.

Thursday
Mar 2
12pm | 11c
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
Mar 9
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
Mar 16
12pm | 11c
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
Mar 23
2pm | 1c
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
Season 3, Episode 6

Harlem Hellfighters, Resurrected Jockey, Braille

Host Don Wildman heads to Harlem to view a memorial dedicated to World War I heroes, ventures to a California racetrack where a jockey beats death, and travels to the Pantheon in Paris to pay respect to a great man.

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

Lucy the Elephant, Capitol Bomber, Hitler in Hollywood

Host Don Wildman gazes upon a majestic mammoth that boasts an incredible tale of survival; investigates an iconic landmark that was at the center of a terrifying chain of explosive attacks; and unveils an abandoned camp that was once home to a sinister group hell bent on world domination.

Thursday
May 11
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 12

Eureka Springs Cancer Hotel, Female Paul Revere, New Orleans Savior

The landmark town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas has attracted visitors to its legendary mineral springs for more than a century. In 1937 a flamboyant businessman named Norman Baker opened a cancer hospital in the former Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. But some people began to question whether Baker was doing his patients more harm than good. In Carmel, New York is a bronze statue of a mounted teenage girl named Sybil Ludington. Like the much more famous Paul Revere, Ludington was known to have made a daring ride to warn the local militia of approaching British troops. In the high altitude town of Nederland, Colorado is an unlikely monument - a simple storage shed. In 1994, an eccentric local woman named Aud Morstol set off a firestorm of controversy when local authorities discover the ghastly contents of the shed in back of her house.

Thursday
May 18
2pm | 1c
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 3, Episode 9

Gunpowder Plot, Yellowstone, Cops are Robbers

Host Don Wildman examines the 17th century plot that threatened Parliament, treks to a Wyoming mountain to uncover the true story that inspired America's first national park, and visits a Massachusetts night deposit box.

Thursday
May 25
1pm | 12c
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 1, Episode 4

Grand Central Occult, Superhero Surfer, Scotty's Castle

Grand Central Terminal in New York City is the location of a remarkable ceiling mural that some believe contains symbols of the occult and may reveal a secret message from a shadowy group of elites. On Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii is a remarkable wooden statue of Duke Kahanamoku, whose extraordinary aquatic skills were put to the ultimate test. And in Charleston, South Carolina the thick walls of the Charleston Jail once housed a beautiful but notorious killer, who some believe may still haunt these grim chambers to this day.

Thursday
Jun 1
12pm | 11c
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 3, Episode 4

Piggy Bank, All the Kings' Horses, Freedom Funeral

Host Don Wildman examines a simple plaque that salutes a young boy and his pig who together sparked a cultural craze, explores a medieval tower that inspired a children's verse, and visits a gravesite that witnessed freedom.

Thursday
Jun 8
12pm | 11c
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 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
Jun 15
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