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: $316,400 / County Average: $419,724

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $962 / County Average: $778

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $147 / County Average: $163

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 26 / County Average: 20

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1981 / County Average: 1983

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 91 / County Average: 127

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Priced to sell quickly! great location, only a short walk to the clubhouse, bar and restaurant...



Tuated on 40 acres of tilled ground just south of Chewelah. great location offers easy commute to spokane, close to waitts, loon and deer lakes for recreational opportunities. ...



Chewelah golf course building lot...



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



Ercial building that is housing a cabinet shop in Chewelah industrial park. the buil...



Beautiful building lot with a gorgeous view down #...



Enjoy country/farm living on this 20 acre parcel along the fertile colville valley floor...



29 acres of fertile farm ground with over-built shop and barn on the outskirts of Chewelah! shop is set up for heated floors and already plumbed for ...



Looking for a turn-key business opportunity, then look no further...



beautifully timbered with several gorgeous building sites good access off paved county road, only minutes to Chewelah or valley and waitts lake....



Beautiful, serene, private, and nicely treed 5 acre parcel with access to state land...



We will, we will rock you!! this home is as solid as a rock and will knock your socks off...



This level building site in excellent location and with peye creek frontage is ready for your new home...



1beautiful country home with full/wrap around covered deck...



On this treed 45 acres with fabulous views of the Chewelah valley. original home burned down and me...



Perfect getaway!! 115+ acre farm near Chewelah 40 mins n of spokane...



Septic, water and power is in... waiting for your dream home...



Ts on a large (1+) corner lot on the west side of Chewelah. it offers a nice two car garage with extra storage room an...



49 north ski area 12 miles away, many lakes for recreation, Chewelah affords a great life style....



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1009 N Washington St. Suite B
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509-280-8445
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