Mel Waters -The Hole

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In 1997 the local newspaper the "Tri City Herald" reported that Waters was not listed in the Kittitas County telephone

directory or the register of taxpayers, and that authorities in Ellensburg were unable to find any evidence that he was a

resident, thus calling into question whether he existed

While speaking on Coast to Coast, Waters related several stories about the hole and its properties. Among these stories

was the claim that he had discovered that it was in excess of 15 miles (24 kilometers) deep, a figure which he is said to

have reached after spooling out 18 reels of 20 lb test fishing line, tied end on end, into the hole. Waters claims that he

attached a "triangular, one-pound, standard lead fishing weight" to the end of the fishing line. (Note, however, that the

fishing weight plus the weight of 18 spools of ~5000-foot monofilament fishing line might well exceed the tensile strength
of the line)

Waters also described the hole as having the ability to resurrect dead animals, attributing this claim to a story about a man

whom he said used the hole to dispose of a dog carcass, only for the animal to return alive and well some time later. He

also speculated that the hole and its properties might be tied to certain cosmological events, including unspecified

alignments of the moon.

The exact location of the hole was never revealed by Waters. It is said to be located in a region which has been removed

from publicly available satellite images due to the presence of nearby Yakima Training Center. Several attempts have been

made to find it, but none have been successful.

Prior to the 10 year anniversary of Mel's first appearance on Coast to Coast, the moderator of the Mel's Hole website

posted that the search for the hole had reached a dead end, and that it would likely never be proven to exist unless Mel

came forward with evidence in support of it as a real location.

Mel's Hole official website;

Google Maps image of the area;,+wa&ie=UTF8&t=h&om=1&...


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