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: $324,195 / County Average: $393,345

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,004 / County Average: $888

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $148 / County Average: $84

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 23 / County Average: 21

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1982 / County Average: 1980

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 98 / County Average: 97

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good sized level lot with septic already installed. membership to the 27 hole cg&cc included. Chewelah area is a recreational paradis...



Nting on hwy 395. this fantastic location between Chewelah and deer park offers a multitude of opportunities for your residential or possibly commercial adventure. 20 acres of timber, the ground is f...



& beam craftsman sited on the 2nd tee box of the Chewelah golf course. this custom...



A Chewelah treasure: expertly designed spaces with a gracious floor plan in this stunning craftsman home featuring 3 comfortable bdrms, 2-1/2 beautifully finished baths, wide open kitchen with birch/alder cabinets and a large island with seating for four, gorgeous living room with gas fireplace, cathedral ceilings, red oak flooring throughout the main floor, recently installed a/c...



Available soon, remodel nearly completed and home will be move-in ready...



open & rolling mountains & hills. 5 min from town and 15 minutes from Chewelah golf club & 49 degrees north ski hill. home is equipped with radiant floor heat, on demand hot water, hardwood and carpet fl...



yet, only about 25 minutes to n. spokane, 30 minutes or so to Chewelah. 6 gallons per minute well....



One level living, no steps! updated 2 bed 1 bath home w/ extra office room...



Rare deep creek property with over 600 ft of meandering deep creek through the property...



Gorgeous building lot on #15 tee. views up & down fairway...



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property line. great location just 16 miles from Chewelah to the north and 20 miles to deer park to the south. nice level acreage already cleared in the middle for ...



In Chewelah you will only find a couple roads that lead you to a quiet cul-de-sac where you can enjoy listening to the birds chirping and the children still ride their bikes around the loop...



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



10 scenic acres on the north side of Chewelah with all city utilities available...



end of the road location, great setting with views of Chewelah valley, borders boise cascade for add'...



N a quiet and ''off the beaten path'' location in Chewelah. 2bdrm/1bth on the main floor, large livin...



Build your dream ranch on this 45 acres. gently rolling, meadows, hilltops, variety of trees, tranquil and private settings...



Lovely remodeled 3 bedroom 1 bath home with charm and character...



Live on the crest! this sloped lot has some level area that boasts spectacular views...



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