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: $316,400 / County Average: $417,817

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $962 / County Average: $776

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $147 / County Average: $161

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 26 / County Average: 20

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1981 / County Average: 1983

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 88 / County Average: 124

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N a quiet and ''off the beaten path'' location in Chewelah. 2bdrm/1bth on the main floor, large livin...

We will, we will rock you!! this home is as solid as a rock and will knock your socks off...

6+ level acres inside Chewelah city limits. spring fed creek flows through the property...

F a kind'' home nestled right between the town of Chewelah and the golf course! this 5000+ sq. ft. ho...

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 $...

R dream home in the cedar trees with views of the Chewelah valley. easy ac...

29 acres of fertile farm ground with over-built shop and barn on the outskirts of Chewelah! shop is set up for heated floors and already plumbed for ...

Come home to the mountain! perfect setting for a personal ski getaway, or your year-round dream home on the mountain...

Great potential building lot just east of the city park and walking distance to downtown, hospital and city hall...

property line. great location just 16 miles from Chewelah to the north and 20 miles to deer park to the south. nice level acreage already cleared in the middle for ...

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

Gorgeous building lot on #15 tee. views up & down fairway...

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

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!...

25+ acres; has a 30x40 shop with a 10x40 lean-to. electricity is installed to shop and for rv hook up...

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level lot easy access to parks, schools, etc. buy it and rent the other one out. Chewelah needs rentals. come take a look!...

In Chewelah you will only find a couple roads that lead you to a quiet cul-de-sac where you can enjoy listening to the birds chirping and the children still ride their bikes around the loop...

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...

beautifully timbered with several gorgeous building sites good access off paved county road, only minutes to Chewelah or valley and waitts lake....

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1009 N Washington St. Suite B
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