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: $344,296 / County Average: $367,016

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,434 / County Average: $987

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $124 / County Average: $145

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 26 / County Average: 24

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1977 / County Average: 1977

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 105 / County Average: 107

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

Great location. a 120 x 120 building lot that is zoned multi-family...

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

A Chewelah treasure: expertly designed spaces with a gracious floor plan in this stunning craftsman home featuring 3 comfortable bdrms, 2-1/2 beautifully finished baths, wide open kitchen with birch/alder cabinets and a large island with seating for four, gorgeous living room with gas fireplace, cathedral ceilings, red oak flooring throughout the main floor, recently installed a/c...

Beautiful building lot with a gorgeous view down #...

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 ...

Immaculate one story home w/vinyl siding and steel roof...

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

Wonderful opportunity for farmers and nature lovers, with this 40+ acre property just a short distance from the highway...

Hroom home located in a very good neighborhood in Chewelah city with a beautiful mountain view. comes with an oversized bonus room, a dec...

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

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

On this treed 45 acres with fabulous views of the Chewelah valley. original home burned down and me...

Great place to build your ski home on this lot at 49 degrees north...

part of pasture naturally sub-irrigated. near fun and friendly town of Chewelah, 49 degrees north ski resort, a 27-hole golf course and many more outdoor recreation opportunities. seller believes an old dug well is located on the west side of the property near the grove of deciduous trees....

Location location ! 5th green on Chewelah golf course out your front door...

76 acre lot filled with pine and fruit trees in a cozy and quite neighborhood only minutes away from Chewelah golf and country club and downtown Chewelah. the home boasts new flooring, a new deck, a new garage door a...

Fantastic views from this recreational 40 acres. taylor made for a remote hunting camp...

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...

Beautiful 4.24 acre lot located minutes from Chewelah...

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