Truly, residents take pride in their city’s motto; “A precious coin in the purse of the South.” Named for a Spanish coin called a picayune by the French inhabitants of New Orleans, the city was originally chartered in 1904. Then known as a railroad stop on the Norfolk-Southern line where steam engines were added for the trip north, up the steepening grade, the city quickly grew at the height of the timber boom as giant stands of virgin yellow pine were cut and shipped all over the world in the early 1900s. Today, the City of Picayune enters the new millennium with a bright future.