Cemeteries moved to prepare for Kerr Dam

Last summer, my husband and I took some pictures of La Crosse. We stopped to get an overview picture of the La Crosse cemetery to go with my La Crosse picture collection. I looked down at the tombstone near where I was standing to take my picture with GPS coordinates and was surprised to see a tombstone with the name Steagall, which is one of my ancestors’ surnames. I had not previously seen this name on a tombstone in Mecklenburg with these early dates. I mentioned this to my friend Wayne Rainey as we prepared to meet and visit several Rainey related places in Mecklenburg. He told me that there is a part of the La Crosse cemetery where graves were moved to when the Kerr Dam went in on the Roanoke river and enlarged the lakes. I went back to La Crosse cemetery this month to see the area where the burials were moved. I discovered this Stegall tombstone is in that area.

If you are facing the Stegall tombstone, these next two grave markers are to the right. They were unmarked (unkown) burials by Kerr Dam and Resevoir. Note, the center number on the second image says 57-64 unknown. I assume that these two markers are numbering rows of burials, totaling 80 burials.

2 responses to “Cemeteries moved to prepare for Kerr Dam”

  1. Hello Julie,

    I couldn’t post a comment (link not found) so I’ll try this. I grew up in La Crosse and didn’t know about graves being moved to the town cemetery. Thanks.

    BTW it’s La Crosse with a space, not LaCrosse, a very typical mistake for those that didn’t grow up there.

    // Robert Cook

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    1. Thank you! You did get the comment in the right place. I will look for where I put La Crosse on the website & update spaces.


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