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Picayune, Mississippi is in Pearl River County, Mississippi. Nearby communities include Caesar, Nicholson, Ozona, and Richardson. Slidell, Louisiana is about twenty miles south of Picayune. The community was originally known as Hobolochitto, but when the railroad extended its tracks to the area in the 1880s, the town was named for the New Orleans newspaper owned by one of the community’s more prestigious residents, Eliza Jane Poitevent Nicholson, who was the owner and publisher of the New Orleans Picayune, which was itself named for a Spanish coin. Picayune was incorporated as a township in 1904, and became a city seventeen years later. Today, the city is served by the Norfolk Southern Railway and Amtrak’s Crescent train, offering daily service in each direction. US Highway 11 is the main highway through the city, and Mississippi Highway 43 connects with Interstate Highway 10.

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