Tenino, WA Real Estate

Tenino WA Real Estate Overview

Tenino was officially incorporated on July 24, 1906, though it existed as a rural community since the mid-19th century. Initially, American settlers were attracted to the open prairies created and maintained by local natives through controlled burns to cultivate camas root, a staple food source. Records indicate the initial settlers' community centered on the prairie approximately 1/2 mile south of the present town. Early residents named their first post office and school "Coal Bank", in the 1860s, a reference to a nearby coal outcropping. When the Northern Pacific Railway arrived in 1872 they adopted Tenino as the name of the new station. It also appears informally as "T-9-O," a shortened variation in use as early as 1873.

In the late 19th century a number of sandstone quarrying companies began shipping building stone, used in many regional buildings outside of Tenino, including the Old Capitol Building and the old Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia, the Mason County Courthouse in Shelton, Washington, the First Congregational Church, developed by Cameron Stone, in Tacoma, Washington, Denny Hall and the Theodore Jacobson Observatory at the University of Washington, Seattle, the Pittock Mansion and the Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon and several post office buildings, including at The Dalles, Oregon. The US Government also used stone from these quarries to construct jetties at Westport, Washington and elsewhere. The quarries declined in the early 20th century when many builders switched to concrete.

In addition to quarrying, logging, saw mills, and coal mining were also well established industries in the area. However, as the timber played out and railroads switched to diesel in the mid-20th century, these industries also declined.

Tenino wooden money, issued during the Great Depression.
Tenino briefly achieved national fame during the Great Depression. After the local bank closed, the town government temporarily issued wooden money scrip for use locally when cash was scarce. However, most of the wooden money was never redeemed as it became a collector's item.

While Tenino retains its historic downtown, now a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the town serves largely as a "bedroom community", many of its citizens commuting by car to larger cities such as Olympia and Tacoma for work.

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Tenino WA Real Estate Stats

Average Price in Tenino: $365,543  County Average: $394,854

Average Taxes in Tenino: $3,051  County Average: $3,417

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Tenino: $162  County Average: $174

Average Walkscore in Tenino: 22  County Average: 18

Average Year Built in Tenino: 1980  County Average: 1992

Average Days on Website in Tenino: 70  County Average: 86

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Looking for privacy and seclusion to build your dream home? this 18+ acre parcel is located in the gated community of mcintosh ridge...



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Remarkable custom equestrian estate located on 13.72 picturesque acres w/sunrise & sunset views...



relaxing, private and level building site with power on location just minutes to i-5, olympia and Tenino. build your dream h...



Beautiful private cul-du-sac. this lot features 6.20 acres of level pasture land with partial fencing...



This home is located with easy access to lacey/olympia,Tenino,yelm & rainier. owner is builder he's recovering from an accident so some detail are still being worked...



Quality built, tastefully decorated heavy log hm offers old world charm, modern amenities...



This private and secluded 5+ acre parcel is located in the gated community of mcintosh ridge...



easy commute to jblm & year round recreation close by on the yelm Tenino trail. interior photos are of other homes by the same builder. 4.5 month build time....



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Rge beautifully landscaped lot, close to downtown Tenino. spacious living room with free standing stove and laminate wood floors. eff...



#291 tenant is quarry town coffee house (aka olympia's 5th ave sandwich), #297 has been the home of Tenino independent for 22 years & 148 howard st tenant is medical massage therapy business. seller did amazing restoration in #291 in 2013. tenants pay utilities....



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4329 A St SE, Ste E
Auburn, WA
206-861-3951
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