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Melís Hole: A Sensational Urban Myth of a Mysterious Bottomless Pit
1990s | September 5, 2018

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On February 21, 1997, a gentleman called into the radio show, Coast to Coast AM, hosted by Art Bell, with a sensational and unbelievable tale. His name was Mel Waters. He told Bell and his listeners about a strange and mysterious bottomless pit on his rural Washington state property and the eerie qualities surrounding the pit, which became known as Melís Hole. Many people became fascinated with the bottomless pitÖthe problem was, Mel Waters refused to give its exact location and no one could find it. Was Melís Hole a hoax, or was it, as Waters himself claims, purposely covered up by the United States government? Let us peer into Melís Hole.


Art Bell, host of Coast To Coast AM

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Mel Contacted a Paranormal Radio Show
When Mel Waters called into Art Bellís hit syndicated radio show in 1997 to tell the world about Melís Hole, he was contacting the host of a well-known show that featured tales of the unexplained. He knew his sensational story would be delivered to the right audience. The late night radio show, which combines long-format interviews with call-ins, has a weekly audience for close to 2.75 million people and the show is carried on more than 600 radio stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Originally created and hosted by Bell, who passed away on April 13, 2018, Coast to Coast AM deals with paranormal topics.



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Melís Claims About the Pit
According to Mel Waters, the pit is a natural hole on his property in Kittitas County, Washington, about nine miles from the town of Ellensburg. He used the pit as his own personal dump, tossing trash and discarded items in the hole. He noticed, however, that he never heard any of the discarded items hit the bottom. Curious about the depth of the hole, Mel did an experiment. He used a fishing pole with a weighted line and dropped it in the pit to measure its depth. To his astonishment, the fishing line went down to more than 80,000 feet and still hadnít hit the bottom.



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Mel Stated That the Pit Had Strange Properties
A bottomless pit as deep as 80,000 feet would be odd enough, but Mel had more to tell about the mysterious place. He claimed that the hole did not produce an echo when he yelled into it. He also stated that his neighbor threw the carcass of his dead dog into the pit, but a few days later, he encountered his dog, alive and well, in the nearby woods. He knew for certain it was his dog because it was wearing the same collar. Melís own dogs, however, were terrified of the pit and refused to go anywhere near it. Mel also stated that he once brought his radio to the site, but he couldnít tune into his favorite station. Instead, the radio played unknown voices and old music.


Art Bell

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Mel Waters Called Into Coast To Coast AM Several Times
In addition to the 1997 call to Art Bellís Coast to Coast AM, Mel Waters appeared on the show in 2000 and in 2002, each time telling more sensational claims about Melís Hole. According to Waters, he once saw a black beam shoot out from the hole. He also stated that if he held metal objects near the pitís 9-foot wide opening they would magically change into other metals. These claims were enough to arouse curiosity and skepticism.



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Waters Claimed the Government Took Melís Hole
Adding fuel to the controversy was Mel Waters claim that the government was covering up the wonders of Melís Hole. Waters stated that, one day, he was walking toward Melís Hole when a man wearing a suit approached him. Behind the man, Waters could see several other people wearing official-looking biohazard suits. The man told Waters that the area had been closed off due to a plane crash and that Waters was no longer allowed near the pit. Next, Waters said, the government leased the land from him and paid him a generous amount of money to leave the property. Waters used the money to move to Australia.


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Was Mel Waters Telling the Truth About Melís Hole?
Mel Watersí story was sensational and unbelievable, but was it true? Many people say Ďnoí. Investigators soon determined that there was no person living in the area by the name of Mel Waters. No one by that name ever owned property in Kittitas County. Furthermore, Waters had claimed that his wife worked for Central Washington University, yet that fact was untrue.


DNR geologist, Jack Powell

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Was Melís Hole a Geological Impossibility?
Certainly, there are very deep holes found at various locations around the globe, but none as deep as Melís Hole was said to be Ö 80,000 feet. The deepest known cavern is only 7,188 feet deep and the deepest mine shaft is 12,672 feet. In 1989, the Russian drilled a bore hole to the depth of 40,230 feet, but that is still only half the depth that Mel Waters claimed his pit was. Jack Powell, a geologist with the State Department of Natural Resources, explained that a hole as deep as 80,000 feet was a geological impossibility. Going so deep into the earthís core would cause the hole to collapse from the tremendous pressure and heat.


Gerald Osborne, also known as Red Elk

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No One Can Find Melís Hole
Mel Waters was careful not to give out the exact location of Melís Hole, but a handful of people say that they have seen it themselves. One of them was Gerald Osborne, who also goes by the name Red Elk. This half Native American-half white medicine man told journalists in 2012 that he had been to Melís Hole several times, beginning in 1961. He backed up Watersí claims about the strange bottomless pit. Red Elk went so far as to state that the United States government had a secret base at Melís Pit where the government scientists were researching Ďalien activityí. But when investigators asked Red Elk to take them to Melís Hole, he inexplicably could not find his way back to the site.



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Melís Hole: Fact or Fiction?
While most experts believe that Melís Hole is a fantastic urban legend with no basis in fact, there are others who believe Melís account of the mysterious bottomless pit and the ensuing government cover-up. There are numerous abandoned mine shafts in the area that could have served as the inspiration for the tale. There are, of course, a number of odd and unexplained geological anomalies around the world, and supporters of Mel Waters believe he stumbled upon one of these mysterious locations in Washington.



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