A tombstone along the Augusta Canal might give the impression someone was buried there in 1928, but officials say there is no one beneath the granite slab.
The person for whom it was made, Wade H. Pender, was buried that year in Augusta’s Magnolia Cemetery, according to city records, and his remains were relocated in 1960 to Hillcrest Cemetery.
That might be when the monument was discarded by someone, said Jerry Murphy, Magnolia Cemetery’s caretaker and records clerk.
Hillcrest Cemetery does not use such above-ground markers, he said, and it would no longer have been needed at Magnolia.
Today, it rests in a newly cleared area near the aqueduct waterfall.
Although officials were unaware of the abandoned monument, there are several other memorials up and down the popular waterway.
“There is a memorial marker by the Tin House Gate, near the aqueduct, noting the drowning of Henry Cumming Lamar and his fiancee, Louise King Connelly in Lake Olmstead in 1891,” said Rebecca Rogers, the marketing director of the Augusta Canal Authority.
There is also a marker near 15th Street and Butt Bridge dedicated to Dennis Cahill, who died there in 1902 trying to save a child from drowning, she said.
Butt Bridge is also a monument, dedicated in 1914 to Augusta native Archibald Butt, a hero who died during the 1912 Titanic disaster.