Incorporated in 1874, Waycross is the only incorporated city in Ware County, Georgia. Many conflicting stories surround the naming of the city and, at separate points in history, Waycross was known as Old Nine, Number Nine or Tebeauville. The official name of Waycross takes after the city’s railroad junction where lines from six directions meet, a location where “ways cross”. Waycross is the closest city to Okefenokee Swamp, a 438,000 acre protected wetland on the Georgia/Florida border.
Waycross served as a hub for stagecoach roads and pioneer trails in colonial days. Around the turn of the 20th century, the Plant System, an organized system of railroads and steamboats in Georgia and Florida, was taken over by Atlantic Coastline Railroad. Dozens of other railroad companies operated in Waycross throughout the years, including CSX Railroad and Seaboard Coastline Railroad. In the 1940s, Waycross witnessed the creation of a new pulp industry that utilized southern pine trees to produce newsprint. The Champion International Paper mill, owned and operated by Champion Paper Company, was a major player. In due time the corporation expanded to include the Champion Plywood division.
Currently, Waycross is home to over 35,000 people and is a place of continued business and industrial development. The modern railroad system plays a central role in the survival of the city. Due to Waycross’ extensive railroad history, the city is in a high risk category for asbestos exposure. Workers in Waycross exposed to asbestos may be at risk to develop malignant mesothelioma, a cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos particles.
Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Waycross
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Waycross where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.
- Atlantic Coastline Railroad
- Champion International Paper Mill
- Champion Paper Company
- Champion Plywood
- Csx Railroad
- Csx Transportation
- Georgia Power
- Guerdon Industries
- Hiers Planning Mill
- Scapa Dryers
- Scapa Incorporated
- Seaboard Coastline Railroad
- Seaboard Coastline Railroad Yard
- Snively Groves
- Speedy Mcquaig Plumbing
- United States Plywood Champioin Papers Inc
- Ware County Light and Power Company
- Ware Memorial Hospital
- Waycross Plumbing Compay
Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Waycross, Georgia
Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.
Asbestos Related News in Georgia
The CDC has released a study of malignant mesothelioma mortality rates showing that deaths due to mesothelioma are increasing. Read more at mesothelioma.com
Cleanup will begin at the former Barwick Mills textile plant after a fire that happened last fall, leaving behind exposed asbestos and rubble.