(Originally posted on October 8, 2020)
World photo/Luke Hollister
I love to walk around Wenatchee's Riverwalk and downtown area, especially along Columbia Street. I began to take an interest in the faded industry signs along the old brick buildings and wondered their story. It lead me to a rich history of the Wenatchee Valley and some businesses that are still thriving today.
I compiled a little ghost-sign tour of the downtown area you can walk. My favorite is probably the Liberty Theatre, done by Wenatchee's premiere sign painter Pete Matson, or the H.L. Wiester Department Store, whose mispelled name has remained printed on the wall for over a century. Do you have a favorite ghost sign? Do you know more of the history tied to the signs? I would love to hear!