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Getting to the bottom of Mel's Hole

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How a mythical abyss became a mainstay in Kittitas County folklore

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Mel’s Hole and other modern-day myths endure for a variety of reasons. They give people a chance to solve problems, deal with fears and make sense of the unexplainable, experts say. They also have entertainment value.

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Mel's Hole

Mel's Hole

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Jack Powell, a geologist with the Washinton State Department of Natural Resources, drops a rock into what he believes is the actual hole that …

Mel's Hole

Mel's Hole

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Jack Powell, a geologist with the Washinton State Department of Natural Resources, peers into an old mineshaft that he believes is the actual …

Mel's Hole

Mel's Hole

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Red Elk

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