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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


Part three of a look at the ghost signs of Wenatchee takes us back into the downtown area, an area with large brick buildings. Many of these brick buildings carry painted signs of the businesses that were once located there. This look features three different Eagle Transfer signs, each black and white, and each painted on red brick.

Wenatchee Ghost Sign - Eagle Transfer
Eagle Transfer sign in Wenatchee
Wenatchee Ghost Sign - Eagle Transfer
Eagle Transfer sign in Wenatchee
Wenatchee Ghost Sign - Eagle Transfer
Eagle Transfer sign in Wenatchee

On the north end of Wenatchee, in the Olds Station area, sits a large vacant field with a lone sign standing. The sign is for a former restaurant that used to operate nearby.

Wenatchee Ghost Sign - Horan House
John Horan House Sign in Olds Station – Wenatchee

Lastly, on Wenatchee Avenue, there is what looks to be a long unused car wash. I couldn’t resist swinging in and getting a shot of the rusted and fading Clearance sign.

Wenatchee Ghost Sign - Car Wash Clearance
Clearance Sign on Unused Car Wash

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

North Central Washington Ghost Signs:  Monitor

A short pull off from Highway 2 just west of Wenatchee made for a quick look for some more Ghost Signs.  And it paid off, too.  Monitor, Washington is home to several fruit warehouse buildings, some farms, orchards, and homes, and even a small business or two.

Shipping Sign in Monitor
Shipping Sign in Monitor

Sometimes what you find can be something like a small directional sign like this one pointing to the shipping office.  While other times what you find is a huge faded business name.

Collins Fruit Warehouse Sign in Monitor
Collins Fruit Warehouse Sign in Monitor

Most ghost signs aren’t as colorful or as detailed as this Collins Fruit sign.  This is a real treasure. 

Monitor is a tiny community, but it still had a couple entries in the catalog of North Central Washington Ghost Signs

North Central Washington Ghost Signs:  Cashmere

Ghost signs can be found anywhere.  Out in the middle of nowhere or in cities of all sizes.  They can also be found in small towns, and that’s what we’re taking a look at here with a visit to Cashmere.

Cashmere is just a short drive west from Wenatchee and has a lot to offer, including a fun downtown area for shopping and eating, plenty of park space and access to the Wenatchee River, and an incredible museum.  In sign hunting though we’re after a different kind of history.  A kind that is usually found looking up.

A faded Cashmere warehouse

We have a lot of warehouses, mostly of the fruit variety, here in North Central Washington and some have very interesting signs painted on them.  Over the years, signs fade though.  Some are merely plain lettering, usually white on black, while others are more colorful.

A very colorful Cashmere sign

My favorite Cashmere ghost sign though, without a doubt, is painted high on the rear of a downtown building and is visible from the Aplets & Cotlets parking lot.  It’s really one of the coolest in the region. 

Modern Apartments in Cashmere

The font… the look… that Modern Apartments sign is awesome.

Check Out The Pangborn Airport Webcam!

Webcams have a number of uses. You can use them to check out the scenery in far away places, get a look at what a potential vacation destination looks like, or just see a glimpse of what life is like in a location you’ve never been to. You can also use them in your own backyard.

Pangborn Airport has a great webcam available for North Central Washington residents to use. It’s great for getting a look at the weather in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee area or just watching the comings and goings and other action at the airport. Check it out at the link below!

Pangborn Airport Webcam

This webcam is supplied courtesy of!

North Central Washington Ghost Signs:  Wenatchee – Part 2

A few weeks ago we posted about a few of the ghost signs found in Wenatchee.

North Central Washington Ghost Signs:  Wenatchee
The five photos showcased there don’t do the city justice though so we’ve hunted down some more examples of old and sometimes faded advertising and signage on the buildings in town.  Looking up high or in a city’s back alleys is a great way to find some of the hidden history that sometimes lurks in plain sight in our own backyards.

Some ghost signs reveal businesses that may have played a role in a city’s past.

Morris Hardware
Montgomery Ward
Wenatchee Avenue

While others may offer a look at an entire industry or business concept that became outdated, obsolete, or just no longer viable.

Cold Storage

Still other ghost signs just offer a whimsical look at nostalgic advertising.

Sliced Ham & Bacon!

Keep looking up, behind, and around for some classic North Central Washington ghost signs or old advertising!  Hopefully we’ll find more worth sharing soon.

North Central Washington Ghost Signs:  Wenatchee

If you look up the term “Ghost Sign” online, you’ll probably come up with a definition something like this:

ghost sign is an old hand-painted advertising sign that has been preserved on a building for an extended period of time. The sign may be kept for its nostalgic appeal, or simply indifference by the owner.

Old advertising can almost seem like a work of art at times.  Plus, it’s a nostalgic look back at history too.  Capturing examples of ghost signs is a great way to preserve a very real historical look at a community or region.

When the remodeling work going on at the Les Schwab on Wenatchee Avenue in Wenatchee exposed an old AMC/Jeep sign, the idea to shine a light on some of the other historic ghost signs in town came alive.

Wenatchee Avenue

Old advertising, especially on the local level, can give a great view of our history. We see the businesses that once were located in the community and region around us and we also get a look at signs of what life was like then. There are whole industries that operated in the past that no longer do anymore. Other parts of the advertising, like the font or any graphic imagery, can go a long way towards showing what different styles were in play and popular during the time the advertising or signage was current. Color schemes used decades ago also show what was once looked on as pleasant that may no longer be.

Near Riverwalk Bridge

Old advertising and signage is also just pleasant to see for some of us. This preserved but slowly decaying history adds to an appreciation for what life was like in an earlier time.

Wells & Wade
Wells & Wade

Old advertising and signage can also be a history lesson about both significant and lesser known people, companies, or industries that played a huge role in the birth or development of a community.

Downtown Wenatchee Avenue

Do you have any favorite old advertising, signage, or “ghost signs” in the North Central Washington region? Fire off a comment below or use the contact form and maybe we’ll venture out to photograph it for a next installment on the area’s “ghost signs”.

A Wenatchee Area Christmas Light Must-See

If you love Christmas lights and live in the Wenatchee area, you need to check out the Nelson Family Lights!  A light display so awesome it has its own Facebook page:

This fantastic LED light display is set to music you can listen along to.  Just pull up, find a safe parking spot, make sure you’re not blocking the road or the driveway, and tune to 105.5 on your car radio.  Here’s a very small sample.

Thanks for the family fun, Nelson Family!

A Getaway To Mt. Rainier And Cowlitz River Cabins!

Looking for an out of town getaway recently, we headed to Mount Rainier National Park. At just over three hours away via Blewett Pass and White Pass, it was close enough for a quick drive yet far enough away to feel significant. A great time was had all over the park, including time spent at historic Longmire and of course the visitor center at Paradise. There were also a number of fun stops all over the place where trails, mountain lakes, and waterfalls could be seen.

One of the things that really made the trip special was our stay at Cowlitz River Cabins.

Cowlitz River Cabins

We stayed at the Rainier Log House, one of the three cains they offer. As the name suggests, the location is right on the Cowlitz River, famous for its turquoise water. Cowlitz River Cabins is located approximately nine miles west of Packwood and six miles east of Randle, right where the farmland meets the forest.

The house is impressive to see when you drive up to it. It’s a two story log cabin with construction that can be immediately admired. It doesn’t take long to figure out that this is going to be a great choice for lodging for the night.

Cowlitz River Cabins

Cowlitz River Cabins

It also doesn’t take long to see that the examples of craftsmanship on the outside of the log home continue into the inside. The ground floor features a full bathroom, complete with one of the most interesting clawfoot bathtubs we’ve ever seen, a welcoming bedroom, a fully functional kitchen with modern appliances, and very comfortable dining and living areas. There is also an electric gas fireplace there, as well as a flatscreen television with a DVD player and Direct TV.

Upstairs in the loft, there’s a second bedroom and a bathroom with one of the most beautiful riverrock showers we’ve ever seen. There’s also a built in bookshelf and desk to use too. Throughout the home, the attention to detail and all of the custom woodwork is really stunning.

Cowlitz River Cabins

Cowlitz River Cabins

The outside of the log home is one of the best parts of staying at Cowlitz River Cabins. It’s there you’ll be able to enjoy the wraparound deck, the covered picnic area with barbecue and goldfish pond, the firepit, and of course the hot tub. When you stay in this part of the state you’ll be surrounded with some great attractions and fun things to do. Staying at Cowlitz River Cabins though means you’ll also have plenty of enjoyment coming your way when you return from a day out in the mountains.

Cowlitz River Cabins

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Cowlitz River Cabins

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