U.S. cable network Travel Channel will begin airing Monumental Mysteries on May 9 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
The 13-episode series, which was greenlit last December,was produced by Optomen Productions and follows history explorer and museum enthusiast Don Wildman (pictured) as he travels the U.S. to explain little-known back-stories behind iconic buildings, bridges, memorials, national parks, statues, sculptures and gravestones.
Some of the mysteries tackled in the series include why New York’s Ellis Island served as a beacon of hope for the Von Trapp family, why the hands of a huge clock on the island of Hawaii are frozen in time, and how a newlywed couple vanished in the Grand Canyon.
“Monuments are popular destinations for summer travel,” said Wildman. “How many statues, plaques, and landmarks have I walked or driven by without thinking of the amazing stories and legends behind every one of them? There’s a compelling reason that marker exists in the world.”
Executive producers on the series are Nicola Moody and Dominic Stobart for Optomen and David E. Gerber for Travel Channel. The series producer is Eve Rodrick.