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: $322,626  County Average: $386,357

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,246  County Average: $1,103

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $120  County Average: $150

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 22  County Average: 20

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1975  County Average: 1977

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 90  County Average: 134

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lot / building site along the 5th fairway at the Chewelah golf & country club. si...

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

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

This sunrise basin development at 49 degrees north mountain resort allows you to achieve your dreams of owning ski-in/ski-out property and building a home in the heart of a vibrant alpine resort...

Beautiful home on the 17 fairway of the 27 hole Chewelah golf and country club...

One of a kind residential lot on the golf course. this large lot has a ton of room for building and setting up your outdoor living space...

You can see for miles on this scenic 40 acre parcel...

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

Extra large lot to build on in Chewelah city limits...

Gorgeous 3300 sqft custom two story home on the Chewelah golf course...

close to forty nine degrees north ski resort, Chewelah's 27 hole golf and country club, the national forest, lots of lakes, and all of Chewelah's amenities....

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...

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

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

Located on the beautiful #14 green at the Chewelah golf and country club...

The sunrise basin development at 49 north mountain resort allows you to achieve your dreams of owning ski-in/ski-out property and building a home in the heart of a vibrant alpine resort...

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

49 degree ski resort is 20 minutes from your door steps or maybe a game of golf at Chewelah golf & country club; just 10 minutes away...

Beautiful large lot conveniently located near the 18th hole & clubhouse...

Great development opportunity, this lot is approved for a multifamily construction with utilities up to 10 bedrooms...

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1009 N Washington St. Suite B
Spokane, WA