Paisley is located in Lake County
northeast of Klamath Falls
, between Summer Lake
along Hwy 31. This community is also situated near the Fremont National Forest
, Lake Albert and Summer Lake.
The first residents of the Paisley area were Native Americans of the Snake, Modoc and/or Paiute tribes. Early 1870, the first settlers had arrived in the Chewaucan Precinct or Paisley as it is now known. Not all the settlers crossing the continent on the Oregon Trail were bound for the fertile valleys of the Willamette River. Many came west looking for the open country found around Paisley. By 1873 a Post Office was established. An early Scot settler has been credited with naming the town of Paisley after the city in Scotland. The first town site was about seven miles south of present day Paisley and was know as Chewaucan. (Pronounced Chee-wa-can). Chewaucan is a Klamath Indian word for small potato.
The local economy is mainly based on cattle ranching, the U.S.D.A. Forest Service - Oregon and recreation.