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Paisley, Oregon

Posted by graywacke on April 30, 2011

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (then every-other-day blog and now a one-to-three-times a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  I’ve got the whole lower 48 to land in, and what do I do?  After a “landing” in the Atlantic Ocean, one in Canada and one in the Pacific,  I land a measly 94 miles from my last landing!  So, my OSer misery continues as once again, I’m in . . . OR; 74/63; 2/10; 4; 157.1.

Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Paisley:

Here’s a broader view, showing both OR landings:

Here’s my GE view, which looks pretty much the same as my last GE view, a combination of upland woods and meadows:

Here’s an oblique GE view, showing Summer Lake, just northeast of my landing:

This was a banner day here at ALAD, as I landed in three new river watersheds!  I landed in the Sycan R watershed, on to the Sprague R; on to the Link R, and finally to the Klamath (9th hit, following up on my previous landing, also in the Klamath watershed).

The Sycan, Sprague and Link were my 1092nd , 2093rd and 1094th watersheds respectively.  Here’s a Panaramio shot of the Sycan by foxymike:

From “The Voice of Lake County Oregon” website (http://paisley.presys.com/, this, on the history of Paisley:

In 1843, when the first wagons were just starting on the long trek over the Oregon Trail, John C. Fremont was on a mapping and reconnaissance expedition for the Army when he and many of his party passed through here. None of his party stayed, but names given to many geographic features remain, such as Winter Ridge and Summer Lake.

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 1870, the town was growing and 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.

From Wiki, about Summer Lake:

Summer Lake was discovered and named by Captain John C. Frémont during his 1843 mapping expedition through central Oregon.  On 16 December 1843, the expedition struggled down a steep cliff from a snow-covered plateau to reach a large lake in the valley below. Fremont named snow covered rim “Winter Ridge” and the temperate waters “Summer Lake.”  Fremont described the discovery and naming of Summer Lake as follows:

“At our feet…more than a thousand feet below…we looked into a green prairie country, in which a beautiful lake, some twenty miles in length, was spread along the foot of the mountain…Shivering in snow three feet deep, and stiffening in a cold north wind, we exclaimed at once that the names of Summer Lake and Winter Ridge should be applied to these proximate places of such sudden and violent contrast.”

Here’s a picture by “JillElaine” on TripAdvisor.com, more or less showing what Mr. Fremont must have seen.  The “less” part has to do with the lack of water in the lake, which wasn’t the case for John, as he specifically mentioned “a beautiful lake.”   Anyway,  The picture was taken from Fremont Point on Winter Ridge, looking down on Summer Lake:

The white is not ice, but salt.  I wonder if the Lake has gotten saltier and dryer through the last 160 years . . .

I can’t land near Paisley without at least mentioning the Paisley Mosquito Festival, featuring “Ms. Quito”, and the marching SWAT team!

Don’t believe that there’s a Paisley Mosquito Festival?  I’ll close with this . . .

That’ll do it. . .



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