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.
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.
This Freightways sign is painted on a brick building in South Wenatchee, just one block off Wenatchee Avenue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The font… the look… that Modern Apartments sign is awesome.
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.
While others may offer a look at an entire industry or business concept that became outdated, obsolete, or just no longer viable.
Still other ghost signs just offer a whimsical look at nostalgic advertising.
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.