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: $961,656 / County Average: $666,593

Average Taxes in Tenino: $5,135 / County Average: $4,641

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Tenino: $361 / County Average: $309

Average Walkscore in Tenino: 19 / County Average: 19

Average Year Built in Tenino: 1982 / County Average: 1993

Average Days on Website in Tenino: 58 / County Average: 34

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Offut Lake Tenino

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Thurston South

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Welcome to the quaint community of offutt lake! this spotless updated manufactured home offers tranquil lakefront living with peaceful views and abundant space to entertain...

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power is at the end on the bottom of dirt driveway. private location wooded area located in Tenino. easement up to ...

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Darling home in Tenino, you will love the charm as you walk into the open living room with classic archway leading to the dining room...

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great location in a quiet, relaxing setting surrounded by nature with views of fagan lake. just steps away from the yelm-Tenino trail. this home is truly move-in ready!...

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x-large carport for plenty of covered parking and room for rv/boat parking! close commute to centralia, Tenino, ground mound....

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Five and a half acres of no flood and privacy! this property features nice pastures and a barn, chicken coop area, sheds for implements and storage containers for all your stuff...

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Hard to find! custom built home on just shy 10 acres of completely level, fully fenced equestrian property...

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Welcome to your new paradise! over 6 acres of riverfront property in the most beautiful setting...

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if you have been looking to get away, come over to the charming small town of Tenino and live the way you were meant to! power in street, land has been mostly cleared! boundary survey complete! this property is a must see!...

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Ome to this pre-inspected 3 bed/1.75 bath home in Tenino! th...

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a quiet space, and a 5 minutes drive from the heart of Tenino!...

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Beautiful territorial views including lakes and mountains is where you will find this 205-acres of land...

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