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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Average Price in Tenino: $979,372 / County Average: $597,959

Average Taxes in Tenino: $16,056 / County Average: $4,816

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Tenino: $394 / County Average: $295

Average Walkscore in Tenino: 19 / County Average: 19

Average Year Built in Tenino: 1981 / County Average: 1994

Average Days on Website in Tenino: 54 / County Average: 43

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Over 100 acres of recreational timberland located just east of centralia...

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Once in a lifetime find, enjoy the babbling brook of silver creek and the clear waters of the deschutes river on this stunning property...

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Live free! no homeowner association, private septic and well, and big, open sky...

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Gorgeous & private, custom built home, 2 acre fully fenced lot w/ automatic gated entry, expansive covered outdoor area perfect for entertaining, double entry doors, wood burning fireplace, air conditioning, huge master suite w/jetted tub, & upgraded wiring throughout, rounded corners, large fabulous kitchen for holiday cooking w/ double oven, seamless corian counters, large bar & island with additional eating spaces, amazing lighted pantry, utility sink in laundry rm, attic with pull down stairs, hose bibs outside on every corner, over sized 2 car garage wired for 220, 25 x 25 shop for all your projects, and all of this by offut lake amenities...

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Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this deschutes river frontage property with just over 40 acres...

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Custom 5 ac lot available! no ccr's or hoa dues. looking for that heavily forested 5 acres? this is located just south of tumwater, maytown exit...

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Han this 3 bed, 2 bath home right in the heart of Tenino. this home was built in 1919 and is waiting for so...

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Ake. easy drive from olympia, lacey, tumwater and Tenino. two community parks, sport court for basketball and tennis, and ...

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if you love a small town with friendly faces, and want acreage to let your vision take over, don't miss the chance to live in the adorable town of Tenino....

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Darling rambler 5acres of all usable level farm land w/ mt rainier view...

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Welcome to this mcintosh lake home in Tenino! beautiful lake front home full of character features 61’ of water frontage, lake views and dock (shared ramp)...

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Welcome home to this peaceful house that is ready to call your own...

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perfect location near scookunchuck river, thompson creek, mcintosh lake, and Tenino....

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