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: $307,048 / County Average: $408,944

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,238 / County Average: $996

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $142 / County Average: $159

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 24 / County Average: 19

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1984 / County Average: 1981

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 103 / County Average: 111

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worth a closer look. located on the west side of Chewelah overlooking the valley this 1/4 acre lot has all the utilities available to the property so bring your floor plans, dreams and let the building begin....



short drive to deer lake, loon lake and 49 degree ski resort. 15 miles. to Chewelah & 31 miles from spokane....



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



Southeast exposure from multiple building sites with spectacular territorial views from the 23 acre parcel...



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!...



Ome overlooking the pond on the 14th green of the Chewelah golf and country club. natural slate & wood floors, stacked rock gas log fireplace, and kitchen with cherry cabine...



Turn of the century charmer! this cute 2bdrm 1bath home has been updated throughout with new flooring and complete kitchen remodel...



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



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



T the end of the road location, just 2 miles from Chewelah is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom manufactured home on 4.6 ac...



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...



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



Th manufactured home, directly on the #2 green at Chewelah golf course. great personality throughout t...



Ercial building that is housing a cabinet shop in Chewelah industrial park. the buil...



the entire property is secure behind an electric gate with keypad & remotes. 35 miles to spokane, wa & just 10 miles to Chewelah's golf, ski & casino resorts....



This welcoming & immaculate home is sure to impress...



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 ...



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



1beautiful country home with full/wrap around covered deck...



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



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