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Local Legends Mysteries of Puget Sound

By Kimberly Swetland
On October 25, 2011

Mima Mounds


                                                  Photo by Kimberly Swetland

Just outside of Littlerock, the Mima mounds consume a grass prairie and hold a mystery entirely of their own.

All of the mounds share a similar shape and size and are 6 feet tall, 30 feet wide, and evenly spaced apart. They were first believed to be Native American burial sites, but when they were dug into there was no evidence of tools or remains.

The mounds are similar to ones occurring in other states and other parts of the country.

Other theories include erosion, wind, volcanic eruption, earthquakes, and the list goes on and on. The theories even stretch into the supernatural with extraterrestrial explanations. The mounds change color with the seasons and are stll enjoyable in the fall and winter months. To access the park area you need a Washington State discovery pass. An annual pass costs $30, a day pass costs $10. The passes are good for State parks and recreation lands.

Mel's hole

The deepest trench in the ocean is 36,000 feet, but Mel Waters lowered 80,000 feet of fishing line into a hole on his property and still came up short.

The hole is said to be located on property that was owned by Waters, on Manastash Ridge, nine miles west of Ellensburg. The circumference of the hole is about nine and a half feet with bricks extending down the first 15 feet. Birds are said to avoid flying over the opening of the hole. When sound travels into the hole there is supposedly no echo, and there have been reports of a black beam of light emanating from the hole at times. A neighbor reported dumping the body of his deceased dog into the hole only to later see the dog alive. Waters found an old World War II-era German handgun and a red paper envelope containing Roosevelt dimes dated 1943 with a B mint mark, but the Roosevelt dime was not cast until 1946 and there is no mint in the U.S. with a B mint mark.

On February 21, 1997, Mel Waters was a guest on the Art Bell talk show, which later became Coast to Coast. He told Art Bell and several million listeners about the mysterious hole on his property.

In April of 2000, Waters resurfaced on Coast to Coast with reports that he had leased his property to an anonymous party for $3 million a year. As part of the deal, Waters agreed to go to Australia and never return to the U.S. He broke the agreement in 1999 and was taken into custody in Olympia, waking up twelve days later in San Francisco with an IV scar. According to Waters, his wallet and belt buckle (containing some of the Roosevelt B mint mark dimes) as well as his rear molar teeth were taken.

There have been reports of several individuals attempting to look for Mel's hole, who usually give up after brief attempts. It is possible that if such a site exists that its location is classified on satellite imaging or that there is a shed constructed over the site.

UFO sightings

Just a month ago, Sept 10, 2011, 50 witnesses saw 7 flying orbs or "fireballs" in the sky over South Seattle at around 10:30 p.m. The orbs flew south for over two minutes and then disappeared.

On June 24, 1947, Kenneth Arnold, a pilot spotted a series of disks as he flew over the Cascades, while looking for a missing plane. While traveling east toward Mount Adams, Arnold spotted nine large metallic flying objects twenty-five miles away at an elevation of ten thousand feet. Arnold told reporters that the craft were about a hundred feet across, thin, and disk or crescent-shaped. Arnold told reporters that the disks moved like saucers, and the term flying saucer was born right here in the Northwest. On July 4th, similar objects were seen in Idaho, and on July 8th another flying saucer was reported to have crashed in Roswell, New Mexico.

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