Paisley, Oregon

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Paisley is a city in Lake County, Oregon, United States. It is located along Oregon Route 31, between Summer Lake and Lake Abert. The population was 247 at the 2000 census.



There are two theories about the origin of the name "Paisley". One story says that Charles Mitchell Innes, from Scotland, named the place for Paisley in his home country, in about 1873.[4] Another informant stated that the place was named by Samuel G. Steele, also a native of Scotland.[4] Steele was the first postmaster of the Paisley post office, which was established in 1879.[4]

Archeological sites from the 1930s at Paisley Caves and 1966 at Fort Rock give the oldest known evidence for early Native Americans. Radiocarbon dating of coprolites indicate they are from 12,750 to 14,290 years before the present.[5][6]

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Paisley is home to the Mosquito Festival which raises funds for vector control.[7] The festival is held the last full weekend of July.

Paisley is also home to the Paisley Players Community Theater, a non-profit organization with a board of directors. The group stages a play each year in the spring, either at the Community Center or the Paisley School Auditorium.


Paisley is located at an elevation of 4,369 feet (1,332 m). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.[8] The Chewaucan River flows through the city.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 247 people, 115 households, and 80 families residing in the city. The population density was 556.3 people per square mile (216.7/km²). There were 176 housing units at an average density of 396.4/sq mi (154.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.98% White, 0.81% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.81% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.

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