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: $334,577 / County Average: $395,782

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,135 / County Average: $875

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $148 / County Average: $83

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 22 / County Average: 20

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1983 / County Average: 1980

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 97 / County Average: 96

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Building lot on the mountain. incredible views. great place for a cabin or home near the 49 degrees north ski resort...

Resting on 22 pristine acres in stevens county, the south facing cottonwood creek lodge sits beautifully among tall timber & offers beautiful sweeping views of surrounding mtns and valleys, acreage is split by year round stream...

selling building rights for a duplex condo at the canyon crest condos - located at the beautiful Chewelah golf and country club. membership dues in coa (currently $...

20 nicely timbered acres. property borders national forest ground...

Wonderful opportunity for farmers and nature lovers, with this 40+ acre property just a short distance from the highway...

Ad privacy and seclusion! just minutes north from Chewelah this timbered 40 acres offers plenty of wildlife including deer, bear & elk together with fantastic views to the west plus bordered on two sides by private timber companies affording hundreds of acres with no neighbors! there i...

Beautiful grassy lot currently with neighbors horses and electric fence (not included)...

Take a look at this immaculate home that sits on .66 acre double lot...

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...

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

Well maintained 3 bed 2 bath home in the heart of Chewelah on a large corner lot. upd...

Country living on this acreage. nearly end of the road privacy...

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

Move-in ready home on Chewelah golf course. well designed floor plan to include spacious living areas with nice deck overlooking the 5th green on the original 9 holes...

H on main street. (center of business activity in Chewelah). nicely updated bathrooms on the main level and also in the potential apartment upstairs. lots of space on the main ...

A private lot located on low traffic couples court...

Mes in ne washington located on the 11th green of Chewelah golf course & country club. long list of amenities in...

theres a barn, corral, and training arena ready to go! 20 minutes to the "y" and 20 minutes to Chewelah. paved driveway from main road to home....

Build your dream ranch on this 46.7 acres. gently rolling, meadows, hilltops, variety of trees, tranquil and private settings...

Rare opportunity to own over five acres with highway 395 frontage right outside of town...

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