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Waycross

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Things to do: nature, wildlife areas
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 properties on the National Register of Historic Places, including the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Lott Cemetery, First African Baptist Church and Parsonage, and Obediah Barber Homestead.HistoryThe area now known as Waycross was first settled around 1820, locally known as "Old Nine" or "Number Nine" and then Pendleton. It was renamed Tebeauville 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.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.During the mid-1990s, Waycross became the birthplace and testing ground of a frozen hamburger that needed no defrosting, the Bubba Burger. 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.
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