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: $274,762  County Average: $329,601

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,155  County Average: $771

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $122  County Average: $124

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 18  County Average: 20

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1983  County Average: 1979

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 127  County Average: 141

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Beautiful views of the Chewelah valley and borders the colville river...



Chewelah charmer! 3 bedroom 1.5 bath home with double garage and a single garage...



Great location on 9.74 acres. this daylight rancher has 4,832 sq...



Chewelah country club golf course lot. includes parcel #090768, backyard boarders the golf course...



Build your dream home on this 16.51 acres. the land has two parcel numbers and huckleberry creek runs through the middle of the property...



Historical Chewelah home. come see one of Chewelah's oldest homes built in 1886...



Ski 49 degrees north! great end of the road location and borders state land...



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...



this is lot # 2 on maven way on the right side of the road. come to Chewelah and build your dream home on one of these gorgeous lots....



72 acres of timber with a terrific view of the colville valley all the way to the Chewelah ski hill. g...



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



walking distance to downtown colville and easy access to highway 395 for commutes to kettle falls, Chewelah and surrounding area. priced well under appraisal value!...



Bring your building plans. surrounded by beautiful views of the golf course and surrounding mountains and the fountain in back, this lot on hole 18 is ready for your home...



The view is incredible!. quality 3 bedroom, 2 bath contemporary home on 3 acres...



Corner lot in a quiet neighborhood. 1,300 sq ft - country front porch, 3 bedroom, 2 bath...



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



Beautiful 4.24 acre lot located minutes from Chewelah...



Exceptional location and privacy best describes this beautiful 220 acre ranch located just 4 miles from blue creek with paved county road access...



located 36 miles from spokane, wa. & 10 miles to Chewelah's golf, ski & casino resorts....



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



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