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Waycross Downtown Rail-Trail

Construction is expected to begin soon (mid-2014) on an 1,800-foot rail-trail on former CSX tracks in downtown Waycross, according to a June 8, 2014 article in the Florida Times-Union. Once part of the Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad's entrance into the city, the railbed begins at Plant Avenue and Isabella Street, then curves to the northwest crossing Carswell Avenue, Alice Street, and Pendleton Street before ending near Tebeau Street.

The photo above shows a train crossing Plant Avenue before the tracks were abandoned in 2006.

Federal transportation enhancement funding provided $300,000 for the half-million dollar construction project, and a local family donated land for a trail head at Carswell Avenue.

This 1922 Sanborn map indicates that a mule shed once stood on the site of the planned trail head. The location is between Carswell and Plant avenues. From: Sanborn map of Waycross, 1922. Complete map is online at Digital Library of Georgia, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.


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