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Abraham Lincoln Museum
Abraham Lincoln Museum

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West Texas Chupacabra

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Leering at visitors to the Mount Blanco Fossil Museum in Crosbyton, TX, is a taxidermied animal that once stalked the surrounding community. Could the “chupacabra” be responsible for a bloody killing spree? 960 1280

  

Lincoln Presidential Library

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John Dillinger Museum

John Dillinger Museum

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Daredevil Museum

Daredevil Museum

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Florence Museum

Florence Museum

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Florence Museum

Florence Museum

Among the Civil War regalia and crude surgical instruments at South Carolina’s Florence Museum is a gnarled piece of metal. Where did this fragment come from? And how is it linked to a disaster that nearly wiped a nearby town off the map? 960 1280

  

Florence Museum

Florence Museum

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John Dillinger Museum

John Dillinger Museum

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John Dillinger's Gun

John Dillinger's Gun

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

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Florence Museum

Florence Museum

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Abraham Lincoln Museum

Abraham Lincoln Museum

A broken padlock used in the attempted grave robbing of Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. 960 1280

  

West Texas Chupacabra

West Texas Chupacabra

Leering at visitors to the Mount Blanco Fossil Museum in Crosbyton, TX, is a taxidermied animal that once stalked the surrounding community. Could the “chupacabra” be responsible for a bloody killing spree? 960 1280

  

Lincoln Presidential Library

Lincoln Presidential Library

Ball gowns on exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. 960 1280

  

Lincoln Presidential Library

Lincoln Presidential Library

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a temple to the 16th president of the United States. 960 1280

  

John Dillinger Museum

John Dillinger Museum

John Dillinger's hand-carved wooden gun on display at the John Dillinger Museum in Hammond, IN. 960 1280

  

Daredevil Museum

Daredevil Museum

Mysteries at the Museum visits the Daredevil Museum in Niagara Falls, NY. 960 1280

  

Florence Museum

Florence Museum

Nuclear bomb fragments on display at the Florence Museum in Florence, SC. 960 1280

  

Florence Museum

Florence Museum

Among the Civil War regalia and crude surgical instruments at South Carolina’s Florence Museum is a gnarled piece of metal. Where did this fragment come from? And how is it linked to a disaster that nearly wiped a nearby town off the map? 960 1280

  

Florence Museum

Florence Museum

A cameraman shoots the accidental nuclear bomb exhibit at the Florence Museum. 960 1280

  

John Dillinger Museum

John Dillinger Museum

Among the 500 artifacts at the John Dillinger Museum in Hammond, IN, is a whittled piece of wood that may look like a child’s toy -- but this hand-carved artifact was integral to an audacious and daring scheme. What part did this tiny object play in Public Enemy Number One’s most legendary exploit? 960 1280

  

John Dillinger's Gun

John Dillinger's Gun

Speros Batistatos examines John Dillinger's hand-carved wooden gun. 960 1280

  

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

A broken file used in Abe Lincoln's grave robbing attempt on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. 960 1280

  

Florence Museum

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Stephen Motte handles a bomb fragment at the Florence Museum. 960 1280

  

Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum

Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum

This small memorandum contains notes that document a remarkable equine phenomenon: a horse with a seemingly supernatural ability that captivated the country. 960 1280

  

Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum

Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum

The memo book can be found at the Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum in Durham, NC, which is home to various pieces of equipment that document the study of parapsychology over the past 70 years. 960 1280

  

Naugatuck Historical Society

Naugatuck Historical Society

On display at Connecticut’s Naugatuck Historical Society is a slab of strange material that is linked to one of history’s most monumental manufacturing achievements in history: the discovery of vulcanization. 960 1280

  

Naugatuck Historical Society

Naugatuck Historical Society

Connecticut’s Naugatuck Historical Society, located in an old train station, chronicles many of the high points in Naugatuck’s history, including Charles Goodyear’s discovery of vulcanization. 960 1280

  

Pulaski Axe

Pulaski Axe

This unique tool, known as the Pulaski Axe, was invented to protect people in one of man’s most perilous professions: firefighting. 960 1280

  

The Wallace District Mining Museum

The Wallace District Mining Museum

The Wallace District Mining Museum in Wallace, ID, tells the story behind the Pulaski Axe and how it developed from the exploits of a heroic man, who bravely saved the men in his command from near-certain death. 960 1280

  

National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum

This piece of evidence was used in an explosive case of domestic terrorism. But what role did a seemingly simple box play in a series of attacks delivered through the mail? 960 1280

  

National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum

This seemingly innocuous box can be found at the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, which is dedicated to the preservation of the postal service’s history with exhibitions of stamps, machinery and other artifacts. 960 1280

  

James Randi Educational Foundation

James Randi Educational Foundation

This everyday utensil was once considered to be a symbol of one of the biggest breakthroughs in science, but it also represents one man’s dogged persistence to expose a greater truth about experiments in a controversial field. 960 1280

  

James Randi Educational Foundation

James Randi Educational Foundation

The spoon can be found among the books and artifacts related to the paranormal at the James Randi Educational Foundation in Los Angeles, which is dedicated to exposing paranormal fraud. 960 1280

  

Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society

Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society

This enigmatic wooden carving of a woman once adorned a vessel on a mission to solve a dramatic and bone-chilling Arctic mystery. 960 1280

  

Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society

Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society

The Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society in New York City, where this carving is housed, preserves artifacts of nineteenth-century Artic exploration, most significantly, that of Sir John Franklin, whose expedition ended fatally. 960 1280

  

Mariners’ Museum

Mariners’ Museum

This device helped sustain one man’s unbelievable fight for survival against the odds. How did this crude device quench a lost adventurer’s thirst? 960 1280

  

Mariners’ Museum

Mariners’ Museum

Documenting nearly 3,000 years of man’s history at sea, the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA, explains how this device sustained amateur sailor, Steve Callahan, through a historic, yet possibly tragic, quest for glory while he drifted aimlessly in the Atlantic. 960 1280

  

Hardin County History Museum

Hardin County History Museum

These glimmering gemstones are linked to a supposed land of riches that hypnotized some of the wealthiest men of their day in the wake of the Gold Rush. 960 1280

  

Hardin County History Museum

Hardin County History Museum

The Hardin County History Museum in Elizabethtown, KY, tells the story behind these false diamonds and the role they played in a glittering tale of discovery, power and greed. 960 1280

  

Kansas State Historical Society

Kansas State Historical Society

This deadly weapon from the Wild West played a central role in a duplicitous plot orchestrated by a very unlikely outlaw. The man who wielded it crossed the line between what is lawful and what is lawless, shocking the citizens of the town he was sworn to protect. 960 1280

  

Kansas State Historical Society

Kansas State Historical Society

Find this pistol at the Kansas State Historical Society, which chronicles the state’s notorious days of the Wild West. 960 1280

  

Ohio Historical Society

Ohio Historical Society

While this object appears to be a simple set of rosary beads, they were once clutched by one of the most notorious criminals in American history at a truly fateful moment. 960 1280

  

Ohio Historical Society

Ohio Historical Society

The rosary can be found at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, which includes a museum along with its archives, library and preservation office. 960 1280

  

Crittenden County Historical Museum

Crittenden County Historical Museum

The Crittenden County Historical Museum in Marion, AR, has on display an unassuming rock-like object that played a role in one of the worst maritime disasters to befall the United States. 960 1280

  

Crittenden County Historical Museum

Crittenden County Historical Museum

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Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

This set of simple wooden speakers at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum gave rise to a device whose impact resonated around the globe. Yet its inventor was never awarded the credit and praise he sought during his lifetime. 960 1280

  

Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Island, NY, is the historic home of inventor Antonio Meucci, who is believed to be the true inventor of the telephone. The museum offers exhibitions, lectures and concerts that celebrate Italian history in America. 960 1280

  

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