The Last Bare Knuckle Boxer

A marker in Mississippi pays tribute to a larger-than-life athlete.

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 3

Smoky the Yorkie, Golden Gate Bridge, Impossible Climb

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

Thursday
Mar 2
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 4

Kidnapping The Sacred Cod, Baseball's Forgotten Hero, The Artichoke War

Host Don Wildman investigates the fishy disappearance of a sacred effigy at the Massachusetts State House; explores the truth behind the first African-American baseball player; and examines the statue of a New York mayor who looked to restore law and order using a vegetable.

Thursday
Mar 9
1pm | 12c
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.

Thursday
Apr 6
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 9

The Reanimator, Florida Three Toes, The Man Who Invented Martians

Host Don Wildman explores the University of California at Berkley where an ambitious scientist once tried to play god; investigates the tale of a Godzilla like creature stalking the beaches at Honeymoon Island State Park; and explains how the Lowell Observatory's namesake changed our perception of life in the universe.

Thursday
May 11
2pm | 1c
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.

Thursday
May 25
1pm | 12c
Season 3, Episode 13

Lady Godiva & the Peeping Tom, Bishop's Brain, Birds of a Feather

Host Don Wildman treks to Coventry, UK, to view a statue that tells a story of bravery, heads to a Brooklyn cemetery to uncover the death of a psychic, and ventures to the Everglades to check out birds that fueled a fashion trend.

Thursday
Jun 1
1pm | 12c
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.

Thursday
Jun 8
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 3

Smoky the Yorkie, Golden Gate Bridge, Impossible Climb

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

Thursday
Jun 8
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 6

Ellis Island, Sailing Stones, Volcano Curse

NewYork's Ellis Island is filled with the history of the millions of immigrants who passed through its historic buildings. But one famous family, immortalized in a classic film, almost never made it through at all. Deep inside California's Death Valley National Park lies a dried-out lakebed containing a set of mysterious stones which seemingly have the ability to sail across the sand, baffling scientists to this day. And in San Antonio, Texas is a legendary and hallowed fortress which once saw one of America's most famous battles. Some believe that a vast treasure may be buried somewhere within its stone walls.

Thursday
Jun 22
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 13

Roosevelt's Moroccan Mission, The Last Bare Knuckle Boxer, America's First Spy Ring

Host Don Wildman explores battleship linked to tales of conspiracy and lies involving one of the nation's most loved presidents; examines the marker that commemorates the incredible story of the last bare knuckle boxing match; investigates the former home of the brains behind American's first spy ring.

Thursday
Jun 22
2pm | 1c
Season 2, Episode 2

St. Urho, Mystery Castle, Bat Bombs

Host Don Wildman investigates a sculpture of a suspicious saint with a dubious past; visits a fanciful fortress at the center of a strange tale of secrecy, discovery, and death; and explores spectacular caverns and its multitude of bats which inspired a covert military operation.

Thursday
Jan 11
10am | 9c
Season 3, Episode 12

The Disaster That Saved London, The Man in the Green Hat, The Viking Mailman

Host Don Wildman visits London where a tall column observes a tragic event, traverses the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., where hypocrisy was exposed, and travels to Genoa, Nevada to view a monument to a frontiersman.

Thursday
Jan 11
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 7

The King And The Spanish Dancer, A Communist Comes To America, Filth Party

Host Don Wildman explores the former home of a mysterious dancer that cost a Bavarian king his home; takes in the awe of a 16 foot statue of Vladimir Lenin and wonders how in the world it ended up in Seattle; and investigates a disease once studied by a scientist who used himself as a lab rat.

Thursday
Mar 22
10am | 9c