Monumental Mysteries: Brooklyn Bridge Pictures

Don Wildman reveals the deadly sickness that plagued the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, investigates a mysterious staircase and ponders the origins of a monument dedicated to a pest.

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An unknown carpenter constructs a seemingly-impossible helix-shaped staircase at New Mexico’s Loretto Chapel. But before he can be paid, he mysteriously disappears. The Sisters of Loretto offer a reward in exchange for identifying their carpenter, but no one ever comes forward.

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