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 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
Feb 23
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 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 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 1, Episode 8

Sleeping Prophet, Mysterious Death of Mozart, Unsung Hero

In Hopkinsville, Kentucky's Riverside Cemetery is a simple stone grave marker for an individual named Edgar Cayce. This humble man is now considered one of the most important American psychics of the 20th century. But did he really have the power to heal the sick? In Brooklyn, New York's Prospect Park is a bronze bust of the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This brilliant musical prodigy died tragically at the young age of thirty-five. But was he a victim of murder? Denver, Colorado's Cheesman Park is a lovely urban green space, but few visitors here are aware of its sinister history. Formerly a dilapidated cemetery, this park is haunted by a ghastly episode from its past, which is said to have spawned a hell storm of paranormal activity and believed to have helped inspire a legendary horror film.

Thursday
Apr 6
2pm | 1c
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 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 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 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 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
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