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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 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 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
Season 2, Episode 12

The House That Sugar Built, Kill Dozer, Rocking Chair Riots

Host Don Wildman explores a mansion in Michigan that was built on the back of the sweetest of swindles; investigates the town of Granby, CO that was terrorized by a mechanical monster hell bent on destruction; and learns of a violent uprising in NYC's Central Park that left it changed forever.

Thursday
May 18
12pm | 11c
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 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 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 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