Town was named after Frank H. Payne, May 15, 1866- July 26, 1949. He was the Justice of the Peace, was a PVT Co D 1 BN NEV INF in the Spanish American War. Married Hazel ( PhillipsCoordinates: ) -Payne, a native Washo Indian- made residence and raised 4 children
|Elevation||5,118 ft (1,560 m)|
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Paynesville, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1193. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.