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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

Highlighting Some Great Wenatchee Area Instagram Accounts

There are some great Instagram accounts out there showing photos of Wenatchee and the surrounding area. Since that was the original idea behind NCWpics when it started 10 years ago, here we’re sharing a few dedicated to the region adn that we’ve seen recently show off some great stuff.


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 FlyWenatchee.com!

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.