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Mysteries of the Abandoned

Mysteries of the Abandoned

  • Premiered: 
    April 20, 2017
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  • Network: Science
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: engineering, history

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Plot Synopsis

Each one-hour episode of MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED features three stories behind engineering wonders, why they were built, and the reasons they were eventually left to crumble. They were once some of the most advanced structures and facilities on the planet, standing at the cutting-edge of design and construction. Today they are abandoned, dangerous, some of them even deadly. From uninhabited cities to empty factories, these long-forgotten engineering marvels are scattered around the globe. Each story recalls the people who originally designed the structure, their historical significance, and why they were ultimately no longer of use. The series premiere, "Nazi Ghost Town," revisits a Soviet megastructure, a massive Nazi brainwashing complex, and a dangerous desert pass. A later episode explores California's Goat Canyon Trestle railway, known as the 'Impossible Railroad,' that required the biggest wooden trestle bridge in the world; Ukraine's Duga, the notorious anti-ballistic missile radar, known as the 'Russian Woodpecker,' that still stands in within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone; and the Grades Goulets Road in the French Alps, an astonishingly narrow and perilous mountain passageway. Other stories in Season 1 include: Pennsylvania's Kinzua Viaduct, a 300-foot-tall, 2,000-foot-long steel bridge built in the late 19th century to transport coal; the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, established in 1945 to test out long range rockets; the Barcroft Observatory in California that was constructed in the 1960s to study the moon and planets at infrared wavelengths; and Hashima Island, a once thriving and now deserted Japanese island with vast amounts of coal beds beneath it.
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, Science Channel premiered the second season of MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED. In the season opener, "Armageddon Highway," a strange Cuban prison, an eerie escape route built for Armageddon, and an underwater marvel that changed history are mysterious deserted engineering projects. Plus, new discoveries reveal how they were built and why they were abandoned.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Like A Shot Entertainment