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: $312,694 / County Average: $426,055

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,052 / County Average: $747

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $144 / County Average: $168

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 24 / County Average: 20

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1982 / County Average: 1981

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 106 / County Average: 138

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



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 live on the crest! this is a nice level lot with wonderful views of both mountains and the valley...



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



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



This level timbered lot on the golf course in the Chewelah golf and country club estates subdivision. excellent access and...



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



10 scenic acres on the north side of Chewelah with all city utilities available...



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....



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



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



this gently sloping lot at the Chewelah golf and country club has incredible views. nice mix of trees. ch...



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



Priced to sell quickly! great location, only a short walk to the clubhouse, bar and restaurant...



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



Ne of a kind golf course building lot between new #6 and #7...



This level building site in excellent location and with peye creek frontage is ready for your new home...



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



Vacant lot ready to build just a short distance to ski hill...



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



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Diana M Brown
808 W Main Ave Ste 229
Spokane, WA
509-939-1451
509-960-7978