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: $323,510 / County Average: $460,229

Average Taxes in Chewelah: $1,227 / County Average: $1,081

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Chewelah: $131 / County Average: $157

Average Walkscore in Chewelah: 25 / County Average: 23

Average Year Built in Chewelah: 1980 / County Average: 1980

Average Days on Website in Chewelah: 126 / County Average: 110

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



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Scenic, peaceful acreage just outside of Chewelah. a variety of trees and wildlife make this property a great place to reside...



waitts lake is noted for its fishing & water sports. 35 miles nw of spokane, wa. & 10 miles to Chewelah's golf, ski & casino resorts. owner contract available with closing costs down, (10%). on approved credit. more acreage available...



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



Great building lot with septic already included. b...



Fabulous location just minutes north from Chewelah...



One of a kind residential lot on the golf course. this large lot has a ton of room for building and setting up your outdoor living space...



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



Home sweet home at the cg&cc features lovely views of the second green & third tee...



Live on the crest! this sloped lot has some level area that boasts spectacular views...



this polished casual rambler on the 5th fairway of the Chewelah golf course is a gem....



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



A private lot located on low traffic couples court...



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...



49 north ski area 12 miles away, many lakes for recreation, Chewelah affords a great life style....



Great investment opportunity-commerical building w/3 commerical bays w/ individual office and bathrooms w/ potential rent of $500 each...



Entertainer's delight, open contemporary floor plan...



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...



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Tracey Madison
808 W Main Ave Ste 229
Spokane, WA
509-998-9743
509-960-7978