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Wenatchee has a fair amount of ghost signs, old advertising either for businesses that are no longer there or for those who have been there a long time. Here in part four of our look at these very cool historical parts of the urban landscape we see everything from dry goods to freight to fruit packing represented.

Wells & Wade is a legendary name in Wenatchee and you can see it on a number of different buildings, including this light colored building near the downtown area.

Wenatchee Ghost Signs - Wells and Wade
Wells & Wade Fruit Co. – Downtown Wenatchee

Cascadian Fruit Shippers has one of the most decorated buildings in Wenatchee, when it comes to this sort of “warehouse art”. Here is the backside of their building, facing the railroad tracks.

Wenatchee Ghost Signs - Cascadian Fruit Shippers
Cascadian Fruit Shippers – Wenatchee Rail Line

This Freightways sign is painted on a brick building in South Wenatchee, just one block off Wenatchee Avenue.

Wenatchee Ghost Signs - Freightways
Freightways – South Wenatchee

Visible in a downtown alley in Wenatchee is this Powell & Co. sign that gives a unique look at what some of the businesses of the time were offering.

Wenatchee Ghost Signs - Powell and Co Dry Goods
Powell & Co Ready To Wear Dry Goods – Downtown Wenatchee

This faded sign along the Apple Capital Loop Trail where it heads towards Confluence State Park meets the qualifications for a ghost sign, even though it’s an odd entry, for sure.

Wenatchee Ghost Signs - Confluence State Park
Confluence State Park – Wenatchee at Apple Capital Loop Trail

North Central Washington Ghost Signs: Wenatchee – Part 1
North Central Washington Ghost Signs: Wenatchee – Part 2
North Central Washington Ghost Signs: Wenatchee – Part 3

5 More Fun Facts About Stevens Pass In North Central Washington

Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass was an important discovery in terms of the development of North Central Washington. From a railroad, highway, and trail perspectives, many people and a lot of goods head in and out of the area by traveling that way.

We did five fun facts about Stevens Pass awhile ago and it proved pretty popular:

5 Fun Facts About Stevens Pass In North Central Washington

With that in mind, here are five more fun facts about Stevens Pass.

A Second Tunnel?

The Cascade Tunnel is a railroad tunnel that goes beneath Stevens Pass and stretches for 7.8 miles. It opened in 1929, replacing an earlier one that had also gone by the name of The Cascade Tunnel.

Walk This Way

The pedestrian bridge that crosses U.S. 2 at the ski area at the top of Stevens Pass was constructed in 2010.

Mountain Names

The Stevens Pass Ski Area operates at the top of Stevens Pass. The ski area offers lifts and runs on both Cowboy Mountain and Big Chief Mountain.

Who Built Them?

Both the original and current tunnels that are open to train travel beneath Stevens Pass were built by the Great Northern Railway.

Imagine Life Without It

The state highway over Stevens Pass was opened on July 11, 1925.