Grave of Asa A. Allen.

Grave of the Radio Evangelist

Field review by the editors.

Hereford, Arizona

Miracle Valley was founded by radio preacher Asa A. Allen on 2,500 acres near Bisbee. He also founded Miracle Valley Bible college, built an airstrip, and a Christian record company. The municipality included a "Pool of Bethesda," which was said to contain healing waters. A.A. Allen's own house had a swimming pool with a simulated stained glass canopy over it.

Allen's radio programs inspired many followers. According to the book Border Radio, when Allen started broadcasting that he could raise the dead, people reportedly started shipping bodies of loved ones through the mail. Allen got on the radio and told people to stop -- not because his claim was untrue, but because they were violating postal regulations and other laws.

Allen is buried above ground behind the Bible College. His monument is inscribed with a drawing of praying hands, a revival tent, and the words: "God's Man of Faith and Power."

Grave of the Radio Evangelist

Address:
9224 E. Hwy 92, Hereford, AZ
Directions:
West edge of town. Driving west, you'll pass Healing Way on the right, and the abandoned tabernacle on the left. Just past these, there's an unmarked, unpaved road intersecting the south side of AZ-92. Drive (or walk) down it; the small cemetery is at the end, on the right. Asa's grave is all the way in the back.
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