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While others may offer a look at an entire industry or business concept that became outdated, obsolete, or just no longer viable.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