Stirling City is an unincorporated village in Butte County, California, located on Paradise Ridge in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Its population is approximately 400. The village's ZIP Code is 95978.
Stirling City is located at 39.90688° N 121.52747° W, around 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Chico, California, at an altitude of 3532 feet. It is built around a loop (which terminates a winding spur line) of the Southern Pacific Railroad, built to collect lumber from the Lassen National Forest.
It was founded at the beginning of the 20th century by the Diamond Match Company of Barberton, Ohio, as a center for processing cut lumber from the surrounding forests. Diamond Match official Fred Clough named the city, taking the name from the boiler used at Diamond's Baberton plant, made by the Stirling Boiler Company.
The sawmill closed in the 1950s. The land surrounding Stirling City is still harvested for timber, and the cleared area is farmed for cattle, fruit, and nuts.
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