Chewelah, WA Real Estate

Chewelah WA Real Estate Overview

The name of the town comes from a Kalispel word, sč̓ewíleʔ, meaning "watersnake" or "gartersnake".Bright, William (2007). Native American placenames of the United StatesThe old McCreas lived there, and their homestead was called "Sche wee leh ee" for the spring bubbled up there. The motion of the water gave the illusion of snakes moving about in the water." Prior to colonization by European-Americans, Chewelah was home to a band of the Kalispel people. The band was known as the slet̓éw̓si, meaning "valley people". Originally, the area was called Fool's Prairie, after the Kalispel Indian who left his own tribe because of a dispute.[7] Chewelah and the rest of the Colville River Valley were part of the Colville Indian Reservation from April 9, 1872, when the reservation was created, until July 2, 1872, when a subsequent executive order reduced the size of the reservation. The Chewelah Band of Indians is currently part of the Spokane Tribe.

In 1873, Thomas and Mary Brown founded the town of Chewelah. They continued using the Salish name for the area as a reference to the winding patterns of the rivers that flowed through the Chewelah Valley. Chewelah was officially incorporated on February 4, 1903.

Chewelah is a town of firsts in Stevens County. It had the first Protestant Congregational Church in 1891, the first school in 1869,[8] the Spokane Falls and Northern Railroad arrived in 1889, a Catholic church was established in 1885, and the first county newspaper was founded in July 1885.[9]

Initially Chewelah was a typical pioneer settlement, being an agricultural center as far back as the early 1870s and having its share of prospectors working the adjacent countryside as early as 1842. The town was platted in 1884 and became known for being a rough and tumble mining town; the first lead and silver mines were established around 1886, and others followed in Embry and surrounding areas.

By 1905 the population had reached 650 souls, and within a few years many prosperous copper, silver, lead and a few gold mines were flourishing in the area. The most successful ore mined in Chewelah was magnesite. This mineral was used for making bricks and furnace linings that could withstand high temperatures. Magnesite was also an important ingredient for making high-quality steel that was in high demand during World War I. Austria had previously been the main provider of magnesite for the country, but production was interrupted by the War. By 1916 Chewelah's plant was said to be the largest producer of magnesite in the country, and at full production was the largest producer in the world, shipping some 700 tons daily. During the war there were as many as 800 people working at the plant making high temperature-resistant refractory brick.

By 1920 Chewelah's population had grown to 1,600 people and continued to prosper until the late 1960s. In 1968 the magnesite plant closed down due to cheaper competition from Japan and changes in the steel industry. Despite this major change, Chewelah survived the transition from being a "one-company town," and today Chewelah has several thousand residents and displays a pleasant blend of the past and future. With its moderate climate, dry land, and irrigated farming, ranching and dairy farming continue to be mainstays. Chewelah's diversified economy also includes a ski hill and golf course, among other industries.

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Chewelah WA Real Estate Stats

Average Price in Chewelah: $315,609  County Average: $353,718

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,148  County Average: $952

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $125  County Average: $136

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 18  County Average: 19

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1985  County Average: 1982

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 131  County Average: 147

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Located on the 14th green at the Chewelah golf and country estates...



Cute and cozy! this 3bdrm 2bath manufactured home sits on large fenced lot...



located 36 miles from spokane, wa. & 10 miles to Chewelah's golf, ski & casino resorts....



10 gorgeous treed acres in Chewelah with stunning views of the wrights valley...



Uniquely enchanting character is what you will find in this custom built; mix of old and new, country victorian style home with 95' of peye creek frontage...



Sold as is only. online auction please visit the xome website to make an offer...



Historical Chewelah home. come see one of Chewelah's oldest homes built in 1886...



3 bedroom 2 bathroom home located on quartzite loop...



Immaculate one story home with full finished basement...



Completely remodeled 3 bdrm 2bath home with large detached shop...



N the pinebrook community on the north end of the Chewelah city limits. there are 4 lots to choose...



Ski 49 degrees north! great end of the road location and borders state land...



Great opportunity home in Chewelah washington. 2 bedroom 2 bathroom on large corner lot...



Commercial frontage right in the heart of town. this 3,150 square foot building has a large kitchen, dining area and a bar/lounge...



Custom home w/2025' on main floor w/2 bdrms and 2 bths, liv rm w/ wood stove ,formal dining, lg kitchen w/oak cabinets, new granite counters, breakfast nook, main flr utility and large redwood deck w/ access from kitchen and dining rm...



Large, one of a kind lot on Chewelah's golf course...



Custom one story rancher located on the 2nd fairway, 3 bdrm, 2 full baths, efficient kitchen, spacious living rm with lovely fireplace built...



Gorgeous setting with huckleberry creek along the road frontage of this wild life filled parcel...



Beautiful Chewelah golf course lot....



Beautiful large lot conveniently located near the 18th hole & clubhouse...



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1009 N Washington St. Suite B
Spokane, WA
509-280-8445
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