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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Average Price in Chewelah: $310,973  County Average: $318,403

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,605  County Average: $846

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $109  County Average: $120

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 17  County Average: 19

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1986  County Average: 1980

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 124  County Average: 128

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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...

Come live on the crest! beautiful view of the Chewelah valley...

yet, only about 25 minutes to n. spokane, 30 minutes or so to Chewelah. 6 gallons per minute well....

walk to valley post office, grocery store, tav, and schools. minutes from waitts lake and Chewelah. public utilities. recently insulated & new hot water tank. passed 2013 inspection....

Ugh out this home on 3 acre, located minutes from Chewelah. very private and ...

To be built 3 bedrooms 2 bath on 2.65 acres with mountain view...

Seen by locals and area recreation-seekers alike. Chewelah boasts world-class skiing, 27-hole golf course, light-plane airport, numerous lakes, and state and national forests. seller will carry contract with right terms....

amenities. close to 49 degrees north ski resort, Chewelah's 27 hole golf and country club, and lots of lakes. functional kitchen with adjacent dining area. two car attached garage. main floor l...

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...

Custom built home on #6 fairway Chewelah golf course...

very nicely maintained home on the outskirts of Chewelah with views of the mountains and fields in your back yard!!! 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, an additional den/of...

Aved county road frontage. just a few minutes to Chewelah, jump off joe lake, deer lake and loon lake. seller will ...

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...

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

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

Rare find, this 4 bdrm 3 bath home is located right in town within walking distance to stores and schools...

Top of the crest! take advantage of the gradual slope on this lot to get the most of the incredible view...

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