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My Home Town Waycross Ga.
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I WAS RAISED IN WAYCROSS GEORGIA
Published: 2016/05/27
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Swampfest, Waycross Georgia
Swampfest, Waycross Georgia
Published: 2011/04/04
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Classical Revival, c.1895, Waycross, Georgia Only $89,250!!
Classical Revival, c.1895, Waycross, Georgia Only $89,250!!
Published: 2017/06/12
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Crazy Brawl At Club Hush - Waycross, Ga. #GeorgiaDay2015 #G11 #KooKooTV
Crazy Brawl At Club Hush - Waycross, Ga. #GeorgiaDay2015 #G11 #KooKooTV
Published: 2015/05/26
Channel: TheMPMV
Waycross, Georgia, # 1.
Waycross, Georgia, # 1.
Published: 2016/02/24
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Waycross, Georgia. You Can
Waycross, Georgia. You Can't Tell Up From Down
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Waycross, GA Hilltop Killers Big Fiqhts
Waycross, GA Hilltop Killers Big Fiqhts
Published: 2011/09/06
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Interview with Pernell Roberts
Interview with Pernell Roberts' Parents in Waycross, GA - 1962 [BOOK: Pernell Roberts Stories - 4]
Published: 2016/09/10
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Fat Daddy
Fat Daddy's ATV Park, Waycross, Georgia
Published: 2012/12/03
Channel: Mary O'Berry
Driving to Waycross Georgia from Florida
Driving to Waycross Georgia from Florida
Published: 2011/08/07
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Craig J Waycross Georgia
Craig J Waycross Georgia
Published: 2013/02/05
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wonderful old waycross GA
wonderful old waycross GA
Published: 2009/11/28
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Early CSX at Waycross, GA (1988)
Early CSX at Waycross, GA (1988)
Published: 2015/09/23
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Waycross GA Single Segment
Waycross GA Single Segment
Published: 2017/02/16
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Downtown Waycross, GA
Downtown Waycross, GA
Published: 2017/02/10
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Fat Daddy
Fat Daddy's ATV Park Waycross Georgia
Published: 2012/12/09
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No more hotel rooms in waycross,Georgia guys go further north of waycross, Georgia
Published: 2016/10/07
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The coast waycross ga
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THE DOME, Waycross Ga.
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waycross,ga canal monster 1
Published: 2011/01/30
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'Waycross Georgia Blues' BARBECUE BOB, Georgia Blues Guitar Legend
Published: 2009/03/20
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Snoop Dogg in Waycross Ga
Snoop Dogg in Waycross Ga
Published: 2010/10/10
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Blac Youngsta Performing In Waycross Georgia
Blac Youngsta Performing In Waycross Georgia
Published: 2016/10/23
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Og spazzing at flash foods in Waycross Ga
Published: 2015/02/01
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Published: 2012/09/06
Channel: Who Is King Charles
PERNELL ROBERTS PARK -  Waycross-GA
PERNELL ROBERTS PARK - Waycross-GA
Published: 2015/10/17
Channel: THE LEGACY OF PERNELL ROBERTS - By NSimiao
Rice Yard - Waycross GA
Rice Yard - Waycross GA
Published: 2010/12/10
Channel: cnwtrain
Waycross Ga    "The Peanut Man"
Waycross Ga "The Peanut Man"
Published: 2013/05/26
Channel: Sarah Rewis
Boosie #waycross ga
Boosie #waycross ga
Published: 2016/02/25
Channel: Kimberly Davis
Black Cris Angel in the hood Waycross, Ga
Black Cris Angel in the hood Waycross, Ga
Published: 2015/03/29
Channel: youngkoke1989
Tribute to those who fought the Monster in Waycross Ga.
Tribute to those who fought the Monster in Waycross Ga.
Published: 2007/05/02
Channel: becky0749
Waycross GA fishing
Waycross GA fishing
Published: 2015/05/01
Channel: LeRoy james
CSX in Waycross GA, an ACL Stronghold, in 4K
CSX in Waycross GA, an ACL Stronghold, in 4K
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: SantaFe AllTheWay
Bush Hawg @ Dirty South Tattoo Studio - Waycross, GA
Bush Hawg @ Dirty South Tattoo Studio - Waycross, GA
Published: 2012/03/27
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Dixon Memorial WMA - Waycross, Georgia
Dixon Memorial WMA - Waycross, Georgia
Published: 2015/02/01
Channel: Range.Time
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Storm moving in to waycross georgia
Published: 2012/05/17
Channel: jwdant61
Greenwave Football waycross Georgia
Greenwave Football waycross Georgia
Published: 2015/08/07
Channel: Cydric Reed
CSX Train Chasing Waycross Georgia
CSX Train Chasing Waycross Georgia
Published: 2016/04/16
Channel: Millenniumforce
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Waycross Georgia's Rice Hump Yard in operation.m4v
Published: 2011/07/04
Channel: cmorhiker
Thank You Lord Solo (Willie Miller From Waycross ,GA singing )
Thank You Lord Solo (Willie Miller From Waycross ,GA singing )
Published: 2017/06/18
Channel: Jazzyfingers Anthony Reese
[HD] Waycross, GA Railfanning 2/7/16
[HD] Waycross, GA Railfanning 2/7/16
Published: 2016/03/13
Channel: TheRailfan4life
Trains in Waycross Georgia 4 December 2016
Trains in Waycross Georgia 4 December 2016
Published: 2016/12/17
Channel: Matt Martinet
Jalynn Strickland OL [Monster] (Ware County) Waycross, GA 2018
Jalynn Strickland OL [Monster] (Ware County) Waycross, GA 2018
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: Under the Lights
Bj Bowens Jr Waycross Georgia Drummers
Bj Bowens Jr Waycross Georgia Drummers
Published: 2016/05/01
Channel: Jazzyfingers Anthony Reese
Come to river of life at Waycross Georgia
Come to river of life at Waycross Georgia
Published: 2016/09/02
Channel: Chailey Morgan
Death or Murder of Nathaniel Lee III, Waycross, Georgia Rally April 12, 2014
Death or Murder of Nathaniel Lee III, Waycross, Georgia Rally April 12, 2014
Published: 2014/04/16
Channel: George Boston Rhynes
College Park Fire Rescue Honors Firefighter from Waycross, Georgia
College Park Fire Rescue Honors Firefighter from Waycross, Georgia
Published: 2013/12/20
Channel: CollegeParkTV23
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Waycross Georgia Fire
Published: 2007/10/17
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Waycross, Georgia
City
City of Waycross
Images from top, left to right: Downtown Waycross, Confederate memorial, alligator in the Okefenokee Swamp, Waycross City Hall, World War I memorial, Downtown Waycross Historic District, Ware County Courthouse
Images from top, left to right: Downtown Waycross, Confederate memorial, alligator in the Okefenokee Swamp, Waycross City Hall, World War I memorial, Downtown Waycross Historic District, Ware County Courthouse
Motto: Headwaters of the Okefenokee
Location in Ware County and the state of Georgia
Location in Ware County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°12′50″N 82°21′18″W / 31.21389°N 82.35500°W / 31.21389; -82.35500Coordinates: 31°12′50″N 82°21′18″W / 31.21389°N 82.35500°W / 31.21389; -82.35500
Country United States
State Georgia
Counties Ware[1]
Government
 • Mayor John Knox
Area
 • City 11.7 sq mi (30.3 km2)
 • Land 11.7 sq mi (30.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 131 ft (40 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 14,649
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 14,089
 • Density 1,258/sq mi (485.9/km2)
 • Urban 36,312
 • Metro 54,494
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 31501-31502-31503
Area code(s) 912
FIPS code 13-80956[3]
GNIS feature ID 0356622[4]
Website http://www.waycrossga.com

Waycross is the county seat of, and only incorporated city in, Ware County. in the U.S. state of Georgia. The population was 14,725 at the 2010 Census.

Waycross includes two historic districts (Downtown Waycross Historic District and Waycross Historic District) and several other properties that are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Lott Cemetery, the First African Baptist Church and Parsonage, and the Obediah Barber Homestead (which is seven miles south of the city).

History[edit]

Street in the Downtown Waycross Historic District

The area now known as Waycross was first settled circa 1820, locally known as "Old Nine" or "Number Nine" and then Pendleton. It was renamed Tebeauville in 1857, incorporated under that name in 1866, and designated county seat of Ware County in 1873. It was incorporated as "Way Cross" on March 3, 1874.[5][6] Waycross gets its name from the city’s location at key railroad junctions; lines from six directions meet at the city.[7]

Waycross was the site of the 1948 Waycross B-29 crash, which led to the legal case United States v. Reynolds (1953), expanding the government's state secrets privilege.

During the 1950s the city had a tourist gimmick: local police would stop motorists with out-of-state license plates and escort them to downtown Waycross. There they would be met by the Welcome World Committee and given overnight lodging, dinner and a trip to the Okefenokee Swamp. The tradition faded away after the interstates opened through Georgia.[8][9]

During the mid-1990s, Waycross originated a frozen hamburger that needed no defrosting, the Bubba Burger.[10] This was the creation of Eaves Foods, Inc., a company that later changed to Bubba Foods, LLC. in 2000. Bubba Burgers are now sold nationwide as well as worldwide through the United States Military Commissary system.[11]

Geography[edit]

Waycross is located at 31°12′50″N 82°21′18″W / 31.21389°N 82.35500°W / 31.21389; -82.35500 (31.213860, -82.354911)[12] and is the closest city to the Okefenokee Swamp.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30 km2), of which 11.7 square miles (30 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.17%) is water. The closest major city is Jacksonville, Florida, which is roughly 81 miles away.

In May 2010, the city purchased the Bandalong Litter Trap and installed it in Tebeau Creek, a tributary of the Satilla River. The trap was invented in Australia, but is manufactured in the United States. Although the city has maintained a good standing with the state's Environmental Protection Division, the city wanted to take action to reduce the amount of human generated trash entering the Satilla River and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue said, “Water is one of Georgia’s most important and precious resources... the litter trap installed by Waycross is a model of stewardship for the state and the nation.” The Satilla River litter trap is the first in Georgia and only the second in the nation.[13]

Part of Waycross was situated in Pierce County, but effective July 1, 2015, Waycross was no longer located nor allowed to be located in Pierce County. State Rep. Chad Nimmer[14] introduced HB 523 during the 2015 Legislative Session without providing the required statutory notice to the City of Waycross. HB 523 de-annexed the portion of Waycross located in Pierce County and prevents the City of Waycross from coming back into Pierce County.[15]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Waycross 4NE (1981-2010) extremes 1897–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 88
(31)
88
(31)
95
(35)
98
(37)
104
(40)
106
(41)
108
(42)
106
(41)
104
(40)
99
(37)
92
(33)
87
(31)
108
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 62.2
(16.8)
65.9
(18.8)
72.9
(22.7)
79.2
(26.2)
86.4
(30.2)
90.9
(32.7)
92.9
(33.8)
91.2
(32.9)
87.3
(30.7)
79.7
(26.5)
72.7
(22.6)
64.0
(17.8)
78.8
(26)
Daily mean °F (°C) 48.9
(9.4)
52.5
(11.4)
58.9
(14.9)
64.7
(18.2)
72.8
(22.7)
79.3
(26.3)
81.8
(27.7)
80.8
(27.1)
76.2
(24.6)
66.9
(19.4)
58.9
(14.9)
50.8
(10.4)
66.0
(18.9)
Average low °F (°C) 35.7
(2.1)
39.0
(3.9)
44.9
(7.2)
50.2
(10.1)
59.1
(15.1)
67.7
(19.8)
70.8
(21.6)
70.4
(21.3)
65.0
(18.3)
54.1
(12.3)
45.2
(7.3)
37.6
(3.1)
53.3
(11.8)
Record low °F (°C) 2
(−17)
2
(−17)
15
(−9)
22
(−6)
33
(1)
43
(6)
54
(12)
57
(14)
34
(1)
22
(−6)
18
(−8)
8
(−13)
2
(−17)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.34
(110.2)
3.89
(98.8)
4.49
(114)
2.89
(73.4)
2.80
(71.1)
6.51
(165.4)
5.91
(150.1)
6.39
(162.3)
4.16
(105.7)
3.25
(82.6)
2.46
(62.5)
2.96
(75.2)
50.05
(1,271.3)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.0 8.0 8.0 6.0 7.0 11.0 12.0 12.0 8.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 102
Source: NOAA [16]

Media[edit]

AM
  • WAYX AM 1230 (News Talk Radio)
  • WSFN AM 1350 (Sports Radio)
FM
  • W201DK 88.1 (Christian)
  • WXVS 90.1 (GPB and NPR)
  • WASW 91.9 (Contemporary Christian)
  • WAYX 96.3 (Classic Rock) Simulcast with WSIZ
  • WWUF 97.7 (Adult Contemporary)
  • WYNR 102.5 (Country)
  • WWSN 103.3 (Adult Contemporary)
  • WKUB 105.1 (Country)
  • WSGT 107.1 (Oldies)

Health care[edit]

Front of the old hospital
Back of the old hospital

With over 1,000 employees and 100 physicians, Satilla Regional Medical Center is a leading center in health care in the area. The three-story facility has a trauma unit, cancer care unit, outpatient surgery and imaging services. In 2012, Satilla Regional Medical Center joined the Mayo Clinic Health System and became the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.[19]

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Highway 1 runs north–south through Waycross. U.S. Highway 82 is an east–west highway in Waycross. U.S. Highway 84 runs east–west through Waycross. Waycross-Ware County Airport (IATA: AYS, ICAO: KAYS, FAA LID: AYS) is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of Waycross. It is owned by the City of Waycross and Ware County.

Six railroad lines meet at Waycross, making it a logical location for shunting freight to different destinations. CSX Transportation operates Rice Yard here, a major "hump"-type classification yard.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 628
1890 3,364 435.7%
1900 5,919 76.0%
1910 14,485 144.7%
1920 18,068 24.7%
1930 15,510 −14.2%
1940 16,763 8.1%
1950 18,899 12.7%
1960 20,944 10.8%
1970 18,996 −9.3%
1980 19,371 2.0%
1990 16,410 −15.3%
2000 15,333 −6.6%
2010 14,649 −4.5%
Est. 2016 14,089 [2] −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[20]
First African Baptist Church and Parsonage

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,649 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 54.8% Black, 39.6% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from some other race and 1.5% from two or more races. 2.8% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 15,333 people, 6,094 households, and 3,741 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,311.8 people per square mile (506.4/km²). There were 7,534 housing units at an average density of 644.5 per square mile (248.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 44.31% White, 53.51% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.37% of the population.

There were 6,094 households, out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.3% were married couples living together, 21.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. Individuals made up 34.9% of all households, and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37, and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,399, and the median income for a family was $28,712. Males had a median income of $24,865 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,468. About 24.8% of families and 30.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.9% of those under age 18 and 17.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Ware County School District[edit]

The Ware County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of a pre-school, six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.[21] The district has 431 full-time teachers and over 6,370 students.[22]

Private education[edit]

  • Southside Christian School[23]

Higher education[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

On the National Register of Historic Places:

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. Census 2000, Summary File 1. "GCT-PH1. Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2000 - County -- Subdivision and Place". American FactFinder. <http://factfinder2.census.gov>. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ City of Waycross entry on GeorgiaInfo.com Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  6. ^ Ware County entry on GeorgiaInfo.com Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  7. ^ City of Waycross entry on GeorgiaInfo.com Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  8. ^ Miami Herald Article Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  9. ^ Hinson, John (2015). Hang the Elephant. Lulu Press. 
  10. ^ Frozen Burgers Make a Big Splash Across the South, The Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  11. ^ [1], Bubba Burger Heritage. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  13. ^ "Georgia’s First Bandalong Litter Trap Launched". Storm Water Solutions Magazine. May 26, 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.house.ga.gov/Representatives/en-US/member.aspx?Member=790&Session=24
  15. ^ http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20152016/151607.pdf
  16. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". NOAA. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  17. ^ Waycross Journal-Herald
  18. ^ aycross Area Television Service (WATS) Channel 10
  19. ^ Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross
  20. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  21. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  22. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  23. ^ Southside Christian School
  24. ^ South Georgia State College
  25. ^ Coastal Pines Technical College

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