Mystery History

A-Bombs Away Off A.C.

On July 28, 1957 two atomic bombs were dropped from a foundering Air Force plane off the coast of New Jersey near Atlantic City. To this day the fate of the two lost nuclear bombs remains shrouded in mystery. Soon after the incident, efforts to recover the bombs were made. Published reports suggested that these efforts were unsuccessful. What was the ultimate fate of the two lost atomic bombs? Continue reading

Nazis and KKK Bund Together for the “American Fuhrer”

Today it’s hard to imagine that the following sentence is describing an actual rally that once took place in a rural Sussex County, NJ town: “Flames from the wooden cross, forty feet high, crackled into the night throwing lurid shadows on the participants below, some of whom were dressed in hooded white robes, others in the gray uniforms of the German-American Bund. The scene took place at Bund Camp Nordland in New Jersey on August 18, 1940, when the Klan staged a monster anti-war, pro-American mass meeting jointly with the Bund.” Continue reading

Hunting for the Buried Treasure of Captain Kidd

Will the ill-gotten fortune of the pirate captain William Kidd ever be found? No one knows. But the next time you’re strolling the shoreline along a New Jersey beach you might just want to keep your eyes open for a shiny souvenir in the rolling surf––because sometimes what glitters may actually be gold. Continue reading

Uncle Sam’s House: Anarchy in Piscataway

Built in 1915 by Sam Goldman, the home is adorned with reliefs of Bolshevik symbolism, along with some abstract and oddly placed columns. The area surrounding the house was once a farm commune, established as a cooperative organization called Fellowship Farms. It was a utopian enterprise based on socialist-Marxist teachings, and Sam was one of the leaders of the movement. Continue reading

ReMEMBERing Napoleon in NJ

This week marks the 200th anniversary of the May 5, 1821 death of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. While many folks may know that Napoleon’s brother Joseph Bonaparte was a prominent resident of Bordentown, NJ for seventeen years, they might not … Continue reading

A Bridge Abridged in Hoboken

Today, one backyard along 12th Street in Hoboken is five feet wider than it was a few years ago. Because that’s when Hoboken’s “Phantom Bridge” cornerstone mysteriously disappeared. Once located in the backyard of 1200 Garden Street, it was a … Continue reading