Mel's Hole is, according to an urban legend, an allegedly "bottomless pit" near Ellensburg, Washington. Claims about it were first made on the radio show Coast to Coast AM by a guest calling himself "Mel Waters." Later investigation revealed no such person was listed as residing in that area, and no credible evidence that the hole exists.
According to the radio interviews with "Waters", the hole has infinite depth and the ability to restore dead animals to life. Waters claimed to have measured the hole's depth to be more than 15 miles (24 kilometers) by using fishing line and a weight. The exact location of the hole was unspecified, yet several people have claimed to have found the hole.
"Aspects of Mel's Hole" art exhibit
An art exhibition, "Aspects of Mel's Hole: Artists Respond to a Paranormal Land Event Occurring in Radiospace," curated by LA Weekly art critic Doug Harvey, was presented at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California in 2008. The show featured works by 41 artists and collectives, many created specifically for the exhibition, including works by Marnie Weber, Jim Shaw, Jeffrey Vallance, Georganne Deen, Paul Laffoley, The Firesign Theater, Gary Panter, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, James Hayward, Cathy Ward, Eric Wright and Craig Stecyk. The GCAC published a hardbound 146-page catalog in conjunction with the exhibit, containing contributions from all the artists, plus essays by Harvey, psychoanalyst Judy Spence, science author Margaret Wertheim, Hannah Miller, Brian Tucker, Christine Wertheim and the Rev. Ethan Acres.
- University of Washington (2004-08-01) "Mel's Hole", University of Washington television (2007-05-28)
- Johnston, Mike (31 March 2012). "Getting to the bottom of Mel's Hole". Daily Record. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- Zebrowski, John (2002-04-14) "Expedition seeks paranormal pit", The Seattle Times (2007-06-10)
- Stacy, Greg. "Getting to the Bottom of Mel's Hole at the Grand Central Art Center". Thursday, Oct 2 2008. OCWeekly. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- Audio clips of the original two shows featuring Mel Waters
- Mel Waters' guest page on Coast to Coast AM
- Manastash Ridge, mentioned by Waters as being in the vicinity of the alleged hole, is at coordinates
- Tri-City Herald story on Mel's Hole
- 2002 Seattle Times article about an expedition to Mel's Hole
- Grand Central Art Center's "Aspects of Mel's Hole: Artists Respond to a Paranormal Land Event Occurring in Radiospace" exhibit.
- Eastern Washington hole is shrouded in mystery by Denise Whitaker, Published: Feb 7, 2012 at 11:33 PM PST, Last Updated: Feb 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM PST.
- Getting to the bottom of Mel's Hole Ellensburg Daily Record, March 31, 2012