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: $296,326 / County Average: $381,081

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,030 / County Average: $664

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $136 / County Average: $139

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 27 / County Average: 22

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1977 / County Average: 1981

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 106 / County Average: 91

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49 acre lot next to peye creek park in the pinebrook subdivision in Chewelah. excellent...

five minutes to the loon lake public boat launch. under 10 mins to deer lake. short drive to Chewelah and deer park golfing. ski, boat, fish; you can do it all here. build a shop and make your dreams come true. 15 minutes to deer park and 25 minutes to north spokane. check out this home today...

the 10 acre, park like setting borders large timber company holdings, fronts county road and just 1/2 mile from the Chewelah golf & country club. 2-car detached garage with bonus room above; additional 30'x60' pole carport with enclosed storage area and an awesome 40'x60'' shop offering concrete floors & power....

located 35 miles north of spokane, wa. & only 10 miles to Chewelah's golf, ski & casino resorts. owner contract available. additional acreage available. owner is a licensed real estate agent....

Build your retirement home on this gorgeous fairway lot...

come build your dream home in the peaceful town of Chewelah....

Come see this unique piece of ground. at nearly 66 acres this property has it all...

Hard to find! two homes on one lot, walking distance to town...

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

Craftsman 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home on 20 beautifully timbered acres...

Easy access off skok rd to this 19 acre parcel. many nice building sites...

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

Pretty as a picture. the perfect spot for your retirement home...

Mes in ne washington located on the 11th green of Chewelah golf course & country club. long list of amenities in...

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

Public remarks: enchanting, well-maintained 3-bedroom, 2-bath cottage on tree-lined street...

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

20 nicely timbered acres. property borders national forest ground...

Great location on the 5th green on Chewelah golf course, right out your patio door...

water, power, phone and natural gas hook ups on site. very private but part of the Chewelah golf and country club....

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Diana M Brown
808 W Main Ave Ste 229
Spokane, WA