Niagara Falls Daredevil, Accidental Nuclear Bomb

Don Wildman examines a lantern that guided a teenage girl on a quest to save lives, a homemade barrel used in a stunt, and a small metal fragment salvaged from a near-catastrophic disaster.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a temple to the 16th president of the United States. But among the pristine artifacts on display is a small, rusty chisel. How was this tool tied to one most infamous criminal plots?

112 North 6th St
Springfield, IL 62701

 
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Boone County Historical Society

Housed in a glass case at The Boone County Historical Center is a seemingly ordinary metal and glass lantern. But this beacon of light helped guide a brave teenager through a stormy night, on a life saving mission.

602 Story St
Boone, IA 50036

 
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Florence Museum

Among the Civil War regalia and crude surgical instruments at the Florence Museum is a gnarled piece of metal linked to a disaster that nearly wiped a town off the map.

558 Spruce St
Florence, SC 29501

 
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The John Dillinger Museum

Among the over 500 artifacts at the John Dillinger Museum is a whittled piece of wood, that upon first glance may look like a child’s toy. But this hand-carved artifact was integral to an audacious and daring scheme.

7770 Corinne Dr
Hammond, IN

 
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Mount Blanco Fossil Museum

Leering at visitors at the The Mount Blanco Fossil Museum in Crosbyton, Texas is a taxidermied animal that once stalked the surrounding community.

124 W. Main
Crosbyton, TX

 
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Niagara Falls Daredevil Museum

Occupying a corner at the Daredevil Museum is a high tech barrel, built specifically for a death-defying act.

303 Rainbow Blvd
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

 

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