Monumental Mysteries Special

Don Wildman investigates a statue that has earned a grisly reputation, a tribute to a revered leader that some say is a symbol of evil and famous carvings that are rumored to hide a secret vault.

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Sandhogs
Sandhogs

Sandhogs

Since the 1870s, workers known as “sandhogs” have risked their lives digging under New York City’s streets and rivers, creating the tunnels for the city’s subway and water systems, as well as the footings for the Brooklyn Bridge. 960 1280

  

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

At the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, a piece of early-1900s industrial machinery reminds visitors of a catastrophic disaster beneath the East River and the one sandhog who lived to tell the tale. 960 1280

  

Monroe Moosnick Museum

Monroe Moosnick Museum

At the Monroe Moosnick Museum at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, a glass jar containing a strange substance is the only evidence of a freak meteorological event. 960 1280

  

Jar of Meat

Jar of Meat

This glass jar contains a meat-like substance that fell from the sky on March 3, 1876, in Olympia Springs, KY. What made it rain meat on that clear day? 960 1280

  

LA Police Museum

LA Police Museum

On display at the Los Angeles Police Museum are a set of handwritten notes and a photo of a young man. 960 1280

  

Kidnapping Evidence

Kidnapping Evidence

These artifacts tell a bone-chilling story of a kidnapping gone wrong and the incredible lengths taken to bring the perpetrator to justice. 960 1280

  

Michigan Maritime Museum

Michigan Maritime Museum

At the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven, MI, a tattered, old, salmon-colored dress shirt is a poignant reminder of a mysterious and otherworldly aviation anomaly that still remains unanswered to this day. 960 1280

  

Shirt Found in a Suitcase From Lake Michigan

Shirt Found in a Suitcase From Lake Michigan

A fisherman found the shirt in Lake Michigan when a suitcase -- from an airplane that had disappeared over the lake -- got caught in his net. The area where the plane went down is now known as the "Michigan Triangle” due to the number of ships and planes that have crashed there. 960 1280

  

Skeptiseum

Skeptiseum

At the Skeptiseum at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, NY, visitors to the collection can inspect a simple-looking tin trumpet which was once used in a chilling ritual that many believe proved the existence of life beyond the grave. 960 1280

  

Tin Trumpet Used by a Spiritualist

Tin Trumpet Used by a Spiritualist

Magician Harry Houdini set out on a quest to prove that the trumpet -- and the medium who claimed to use it to communicate with the dead -- was a fraud. 960 1280

  

Salem County Historical Society

Salem County Historical Society

At the Salem Country Historical Society in Salem, NJ, is an antique wooden desk that was owned by a man embroiled in a centuries-old story of culinary daring. 960 1280

  

Desk Used by Tomato Plant Farmer

Desk Used by Tomato Plant Farmer

This man was the first to grow tomatoes in the state of New Jersey, and when locals claimed that they were poisonous, he set out to prove them wrong. 960 1280

  

Eyebar
Eyebar

Eyebar

At the Point Pleasant River Museum in West Virginia is a piece of metal -- an “eyebar” mechanism -- from a bridge that once connected Point Pleasant, WV, to Gallipolis, OH. 960 1280

  

Big Sandy Heritage Center

Big Sandy Heritage Center

Deep in the Big Sandy Heritage Center in Pikeville, KY, sits an antique doll of Octavia Hatcher – a local woman who was accidentally buried alive in 1890. 960 1280

  

Depot Museum

Depot Museum

Skip Waters, a historian, examines a piece of a train engine at the Depot Museum in West, TX. The artifact was recovered from a deadly publicity stunt in 1896. 960 1280

  

Point Pleasant River Museum

Point Pleasant River Museum

An artifact from the Point Pleasant River Museum tells the story of the Silver Bridge’s collapse. 960 1280

  

Big Sandy Heritage Cente

Big Sandy Heritage Cente

Everett Johnson, curator of the Big Sandy Heritage Center, examines an antique doll of Octavia Hatcher. In 1890, Octavia – the actual person, not the doll -- met a terrible fate. 960 1280

  

Train Engine

Train Engine

On display at the Depot Museum in West, TX, is a piece of a train engine from an 1896 “spectacle” that took a deadly turn. 960 1280

  

Big Sandy Heritage Center

Big Sandy Heritage Center

An artifact at the Big Sandy Heritage Center in Pikeville, KY, tells the story of a deadly and terrifying mistake made by local doctors in the late 1800s. 960 1280

  

Crush, TX

Crush, TX

Learn about the temporary “city” of Crush, TX, where a railroad company staged a massive train crash in 1896. 960 1280

  

Crash in Crush

Crash in Crush

Unfortunately, when the trains collided, what was supposed to be a fun spectacle turned into a deadly explosion. 960 1280

  

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