Monumental Mysteries: Golden Gate Pictures

Don Wildman investigates the tragic origin of the Golden Gate Bridge and tells the story of New York City’s greatest hoarders.
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Smoky the Yorkie was found in a jungle in New Guinea by an American GI in 1944. From that day on, Corporal Bill Wynne and Smoky were inseparable, and he carried her in his backpack everywhere he went. But their bond is put to the test when the tiny dog must save the lives of hundreds of soldiers.

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Capitol State Forest in Oakville, WA, is a 91,000-acre expanse of rustic, rambling beauty. But in August 1994, after what they thought was a rainstorm, many Oakville residents wake up to a coating of strange goo all over their properties. When a number of residents fall ill, an investigation begins.

Designated a National Historic Landmark district in 1961, the town of Tombstone in southern Arizona is one of the best-preserved specimens of rugged frontier towns from the 1870s. Tombstone was also home to a lesser-known renegade of the Old West: Johnny Ringo, but his demise remains a mystery.

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