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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 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.

Sunday
May 12
9am | 8c
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.

Sunday
May 12
10am | 9c
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.

Sunday
May 12
11am | 10c
Season 1, Episode 3

Smoky the Yorkie, Golden Gate Bridge, Impossible Climb

Don Wildman visits the memorial to the dog that became a celebrated war hero, an iconic bridge shrouded in tragedy and a state forest where a unidentified substance threatened an entire community.

Sunday
May 19
7am | 6c
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?

Sunday
May 19
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 11

First Circus Elephant, Greenbrier Ghost, Daredevil Hoaxster

In Somers, New York, is a 20-foot granite obelisk on top of which sits a statue of a most unlikely pioneer - an elephant. "Old Bet" first arrived in America in 1805 and went on to a storied career as the first circus elephant. And although ten years later, she met a tragic fate, her legacy lives on. In a quiet graveyard in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, is a historic marker to the "Greenbrier Ghost." After a beautiful young woman dies, her mother receives a paranormal message from her daughter's ghost from beyond the grave, purportedly informing her that it was her husband who killed her. On the island of Kauai is a statue to the great British explorer, Captain James Cook, who met his tragic demise on anidyllic Hawaiian beach at the hands of a group of natives who he thought were friendly.

Sunday
May 19
9am | 8c
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.

Sunday
May 19
10am | 9c
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.

Sunday
May 19
11am | 10c
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.

Sunday
May 26
7am | 6c
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.

Sunday
May 26
8am | 7c
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.

Sunday
May 26
9am | 8c
Season 3, Episode 10

Stockholm Syndrome, Soviet Who Saved the World, Barbara Rose

Don Wildman visits a plaza in Sweden that was at the center of an infamous heist, examines a monument in Florida that recalls a near catastrophic war, and honors a Virginian activist who fought for equal education rights.

Sunday
May 26
10am | 9c
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.

Sunday
May 26
11am | 10c