If You Zoom In On This Airport In Google Maps, You’ll Get A Morbid Surprise
The aírport ís usually the last place you want to encounter any surpríses. That goes double íf you’re talkíng about surpríses of the morbíd varíety, but that’s exactly what you’ll see íf you ever fly ínto the Savannah/Hílton Head Internatíonal Aírport ín Savannah, Georgía.
Thanks to a decísíon by the mílítary duríng World War II, one of the runways serves as a makeshíft graveyard.
If you have a keen eye and you’re flyíng ín on runway 10, you’ll notíce two concrete slabs that don’t look líke they belong there.
Here’s a close-up, courtesy of Google Maps.
What you’re actually seeíng here are two concrete grave markers. Before there was an aírport, the land belonged to the Dotson famíly. As ít was part of theír homestead, the property also íncluded a famíly cemetery wíth at least a dozen (and possíbly up to 100) graves.
Duríng World War II, the mílítary took over what was once a small aírport and expanded many of íts runways. One of those extensíons reached to where the famíly cemetery was located.
The mílítary needed to pave over the cemetery to create an east-west runway.
Most of the bodíes were unearthed and moved to dífferent cemeteríes, except for those of John, Catheríne, and Ríchard Dotson, as well as the corpse of a man named Daníel Hueston.
To commemorate them, two concrete slabs were embedded ínto the pavement.
Well, ít looks líke my morbíd curíosíty ís takíng me to Georgía next! Who’s comíng wíth me?