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The City of Picayune

Just north of New Orleans, across Lake Pontchartrain and the Pearl River, is a place called Picayune.

Here, in the southern most tip of Mississippi, things are a bit more relaxed. While the hustle and bustle of metro New Orleans, and the big gaming action of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are only forty miles away, this town of about 12,500 still retains a hometown atmosphere and an easy-going lifestyle so uncommon in today’s busy world.

Whether your interests are for business or pleasure, we invite you to come and visit us here in Picayune. We know you’ll find a warm and inviting community as unique and interesting as the name itself.

What is a Picayune, anyway??

A precious coin in the purse of the South.

Originally chartered in 1904, the city of Picayune was named by Eliza Jane Poitevent Nicholson, owner and publisher of the New Orleans Daily Picayune. The newspaper had been named for a Spanish coin called a ‘picayune’ that was commonly used by the French inhabitants of nearby New Orleans.


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