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: $359,907 / County Average: $376,063

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,578 / County Average: $1,026

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $140 / County Average: $145

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 24 / County Average: 21

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

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 91 / County Average: 99

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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...



Three parcels located on red marble road. great recreational property with a nice building site...



Immaculate split entry home with four bdrms, 2 full updated bths, updated kitchen, new carpet on main floor, gas insert in main floor fireplace, wood insert in bsmt fireplace, partially covered deck...



this is lot # 4. come and build your dream home in Chewelah....



Here is your chance to own 59 acres just 1 mile south of town...



Vacant lot ready to build just a short distance to ski hill...



Only 5 minutes to downtown Chewelah, this beautiful 44...



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



level timbered lot located on 18th fairway of the Chewelah golf course. beautiful ...



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



2016 crisp & clean rambler. walk into the inviting open concept...



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



this gently sloping lot at the Chewelah golf and country club has incredible views. nice mix of trees. ch...



Affordable living at the Chewelah golf and country club...



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



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



Retire at beautiful Chewelah golf course. level timbered building lot with views of #15 fairway and green...



Beautiful lot with great potential on #2 fairway. priced to sell quick...



This level timbered lot on the golf course in the Chewelah golf and country club estates subdivision. excellent access and...



Awesome mini farm with year round creek. 3 bed, 1 bath home with multiple out buildings which includes, a big hay/cattle barn, 3 equipment barns, 2 horse barns, a couple of small shelters & a chicken coop...



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Discovery Real Estate Group
1009 N Washington St. Suite B
Spokane, WA
509-774-5720
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