Waycross, Georgia

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Waycross is the county seat of, and only incorporated city in, Ware County in the U.S. state of Georgia. The population was 15,333 at the 2000 Census. A small portion of the city extends into Pierce County.[5] According the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of this small section was estimated at just 9 in 2008.[6]

Waycross is the principal city of the Waycross micropolitan area, a micropolitan area that covers Pierce and Ware counties[7] and had a combined population of 51,119 at the 2000 Census.



The area now known as Waycross was first settled around 1820, locally known as "Old Nine" or "Number Nine" and then Pendleton. It was renamed Tebeauvilee in 1857, incorporated in 1866 and designated county seat of Ware County in 1873. Then it was incorporated as "Way Cross" on March 3, 1935.[8]

During the 1950s the city had a tourist gimmick. The 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.


Waycross is located at 31°12′50″N 82°21′18″W / 31.21389°N 82.355°W / 31.21389; -82.355 (31.213860, -82.354911)[9] and is the closest city to the Okefenokee Swamp.

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