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: $315,806 / County Average: $422,119

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,546 / County Average: $971

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $146 / County Average: $146

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 25 / County Average: 23

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1978 / County Average: 1980

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 140 / County Average: 89

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Come live on the crest! this lot is mostly level and has great building site potential...



Uresque lot on the 10th green and 11th tee box of Chewelah golf and country club. r...



Scenic, peaceful acreage just outside of Chewelah. a variety of trees and wildlife make this property a great place to reside...



Ng mountains to be had from this .33 acres on the Chewelah golf course crest. must see to appreciate. lot #12 can be purchased wit...



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



complete floor plans for a beautiful 3 bdrm, 2 bath home available. enjoy unlimited golf on Chewelah's championship 27 hole golf course with beautiful club house with pro shop and a wonderful re...



cleared building sites and easy year-round access. possible option for colville or Chewelah school districts...



waitts lake has great fishing & water sports with several other lakes within minutes. only 10 miles to Chewelah's golf, ski & casino resorts. call for showing as the acreage is behind a electric gate with remotes & a keypad. owner con...



the property has access to avista electricity and natural gas. buyer would have to verify access to city of Chewelah water and possible annexation. with city water the property could possibly be s...



Ome overlooking the pond on the 14th green of the Chewelah golf and country club. soaring vaulted ceiling with spectacular architecture, slate gas log fp, q...



Top of the world views and easy access. prime building lot at 49 degrees north ski area...



incredible views in ever directions. power, water and gas at property line. Chewelah golf and country club offers a 27 hole golf course, tennis...



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



the lots are located in the pinebrook sub-division on the north city limits of Chewelah, wa. the lots range in size from .74 to 13 acres. the larger lots have the potential for short...



Turn-key home site best describes this completely level building site with territorial views and frontage on beautiful peye creek...



Hard to find! two homes on one lot, walking distance to town...



Home sweet home. great remodeled home in a rural setting in blue creek...



Fantastic views from this recreational 40 acres. taylor made for a remote hunting camp...



Great views in all directions. build you retirement home on this fairway lot located on the #14 fairway...



Quality built rambler on 34 acres - 3 bed 2.5 bath with 1440 sq...



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808 W Main Ave Ste 229
Spokane, WA
509-280-8445
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