Rod Gabriel |

Of all the places in the world, the airport, particularly the runway will always be the last thing that you’ll every think about of encountering any morbid surprises. Talking about surprises, this one is truly of the morbid variety. In Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Savannah, Georgia, you’ll be surprised to see two concrete slabs that don’t look like they actually belong there.

Thanks to a decision by the military during World War II, Runway 10 serves as a makeshift graveyard.

If you don’t believe me, go and take a peek here at this link.

savannah headstones, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport headstones

Yes, you are correct. You are actually seeing two concrete grave markers in the image above. Before the airport was built, the parcel of land used to belong to the Dotson family. Within this parcel of land happen to include a family cemetery with at least a dozen (and possibly up to 100) graves.

It was during World War II, when the military took over this land, built a small airport and expanded many of its runways. Unavoidably, one of those extensions reached to where the family cemetery was located.

The military paved over the cemetery to create an east-west runway, but before they paved over the cemetery, most of the bodies were unearthed and moved to different cemeteries, except for those of John, Catherine, and Richard Dotson, as well as the corpse of a man named Daniel Hueston.

In commemoration, two concrete slabs were embedded into the pavement. See the image below.

concrete slab

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