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Weird: Graves In The Airport Runway

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Would you believe it if we told you there are graves on the runway at Savannah - Hilton Head International Airport?  It may be hard to wrap your head around it, but this unusual fact grabbed the number one spot on a recent survey by a national news organization of the world's weirdest airports.  

It certainly isn't something you'd expect to see as your plane rolls along the runway.  And it may be the best kept secret in Savannah because runways are difficult to see from a passenger seat.  Of course pilots are well aware of it, because from the cockpit, it's hard not to notice two graves, lying side by side, on the main runway. 

Richard and Catherine Dotson passed in the late 1800s, nearly two decades before the Wright Brothers' first flight.  They were laid to rest for all eternity together in this spot.  And airport officials don't plan to stand in their way.

As the cemetery was farmed and the world grew around them, their remains were eventually moved, but their grave markers remain.  And the graves are near the runway shoulder so planes don't really roll over them, just past them.  This unique feature is why Savannah's airport has been named the weirdest in the world.

"It's kind of fun. We don't mind being weird if that's the reason we're weird," said Lori Lynah, airport spokeswoman. 

The grave markers have been a permanent fixture of the airport for more than 60 years.  And the story dazzles travelers who already know of Savannah's reputation for the outrageous.  So watch closely next flight you take out of the Savannah airport, and you just might see Richard and Catherine Dotson greeting you as you go. 

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