Kimshew Cemetery District
P.O. Box 97, Magalia, CA 95954
PH.530.877.1734 Fax: 530.877.1655


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The Kimshew Cemetery District encompasses area of approximately 191 square miles. The District is bordered by Plumas County to the east, Tehama County to the north, the Town of Paradise t the south, and the community of Forest Ranch to the west. The District includes no incorporate city, but includes the unincorporated communities of Magalia, Paradise Pines, DeSabla, Allentown, Toadtown, Stirling City, Inskip and Butte Meadows

In November of 1950, the people of Nimshew, DeSabla, Coutolenc and Stirling City, voted to become part of the Magalia Cemetery District. In 1952 the Kimshew Cemetery District was formed. The name Kimshew was chosen as the name as all the land lies within the Kimshew Township. The original board consisted of three trustees, one trustee from Magalia, one from Stirling City and one from Nimshew. The current Board consists of five trustees, one from Stirling City, One from Nimshew, one from Coutolenc, and two from Magalia to give representation from each cemetery within the District.

The District owns and maintains four active cemeteries and various inactive "pioneer" and historic cemeteries. Active cemeteries include Magalia, Stirling City, Nimshew and Coutolenc.

The District maintains supplies and equipment at three buildings, and one building serves as the District Office. The District operates with one full time Managing Caretaker, one part time grounds ma, and one Part time Administrative person for the various office duties and record keeping. The yearly operating budget is just under $110,000. The District does an average of 50 burials per year, but with the increasing population of the Upper Ridge, that number is likely to rise in the next few years.

Water service is available at three of the four active cemeteries for landscaping and other purposes, and is provided by the Del Oro Water Company. Coutolenc cemetery being the exception is considered a natural cemetery. Nimshew cemetery while having water available is also treated as an natural cemetery.

The District serves 192 square miles of Butte County and a population of 11,641. The board meets the third Wednesday of each month @3:30pm in the District Office located at 6764 Magalia Cemetery Road, Magalia, Ca. 95954.


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