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Ghost Signs
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Description:
Faded, painted signs, at least 50 years old, on an exterior building wall heralding an obsolete product, an outdated trademark or a clue to the history of the building's occupancy.
Expanded Description:
The advent of digitally printed vinyl ads over the past decade has rendered painted ads nearly obsolete. Vinyl ads are cheaper and faster to produce, and neon and electric ads have spread.



However, for many years outdoor advertising was limited to enormous ads painted, using lead-based paint, on the sides of barns and brick buildings. This practice has been largely abandoned in more recent times.


Image Source: Frank H. Jump

Yet a few remain, their lead lettering often serving as the sole reminder of the service or product they sold. Some are visible only after it rains, prompting the nickname "ghost signs."
Instructions for Posting a Ghost Signs Waymark:
Find a Ghost Sign and snap a picture. If you can tell us anything about the product being advertised that is definitely a plus.

The signs we are looking for are NOT restored to new condition. The point is to have a sign which is somewhat difficult to read until the rain emphasizes the faded paint.

Additionally, the ghost sign should not advertise the current business which occupies the location. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for signs which qualify in every other way.

Please do NOT include a picture of yourself nor your GPS in the photo.

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Image for Lotus Cafe and Cardroom, Portland, Oregonview gallery

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Ghost SignsLotus Cafe and Cardroom, Portland, Oregon

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The Lotus Cafe and Cardroom (1906) is located at 932 SW Third Avenue. The ghost sign is located at the rear of the building, next to a parking lot.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rose Red

location: Oregon

date approved: 7/26/2006

last visited: 7/3/2008

Image for Rug Company Advertisement, Portland, Oregonview gallery

NWNW0.8 km

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Ghost SignsRug Company Advertisement, Portland, Oregon

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The Ghost Sign is located at SW Tenth Avenue and SW Alder Street.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rose Red

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/12/2006

last visited: 11/25/2013

Image for White Eagle sign, Portland, ORview gallery

NN2.7 km

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Ghost SignsWhite Eagle sign, Portland, OR

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This sign is on the White Eagle Saloon in Portland, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Queens Blessing

location: Oregon

date approved: 3/6/2013

last visited: 11/27/2013

Image for St Paul Rodeo Ghost Sign - St Paul, ORview gallery

SWSW41.2 km

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Ghost SignsSt Paul Rodeo Ghost Sign - St Paul, OR

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This ghost sign advertises the St Paul Rodeo which has been a tradition here for over 75 years.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dkestrel

location: Oregon

date approved: 3/18/2014

last visited: never

Image for Big L Moving-Storage-Shipping - - Salem, ORview gallery

SWSW69 km

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Ghost SignsBig L Moving-Storage-Shipping - - Salem, OR

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This is a sign I spotted in North Salem.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member stargatekatie

location: Oregon

date approved: 12/1/2008

last visited: 8/4/2010

Image for Larmer Storage Sign on Boon's Treasury - Salem, Oregonview gallery

SWSW69 km

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Ghost SignsLarmer Storage Sign on Boon's Treasury - Salem, Oregon

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Larmer Storage sign on the north wall of the Boon's Brick Store building in Northeast Salem.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/5/2012

last visited: never

Image for D. A. White & Sons - Salem, Oregonview gallery

SWSW70 km

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Ghost SignsD. A. White & Sons - Salem, Oregon

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A former seed and grain company along Salem's riverfront.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member shadow101

location: Oregon

date approved: 12/1/2008

last visited: 2/10/2013

Image for Stayton Garage Ghost signview gallery

SS80.5 km

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Ghost SignsStayton Garage Ghost sign

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Old garage sign on the front of a victorian store-front and attached garage.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member stargatekatie

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/20/2008

last visited: 9/22/2013

Image for Schrunk's Drug Store Sign - Scio, Oregonview gallery

SS91.2 km

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Ghost SignsSchrunk's Drug Store Sign - Scio, Oregon

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Ghost sign on the Peery Building

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily

location: Oregon

date approved: 7/4/2013

last visited: never

Image for Chambers & McCune - - - Albany, ORview gallery

SS103.3 km

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Ghost SignsChambers & McCune - - - Albany, OR

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Dry Goods store sign in Albany, OR

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member stargatekatie

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/20/2008

last visited: 2/9/2019

Image for Murphy's Seed Store--Albany, ORview gallery

SS103.5 km

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Ghost SignsMurphy's Seed Store--Albany, OR

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Ghost sign for an old seed store in Albany, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member stargatekatie

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/29/2008

last visited: 2/9/2019

Image for Scroggin Feed & Seed - Lebanon, ORview gallery

SS110.2 km

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Ghost SignsScroggin Feed & Seed - Lebanon, OR

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A large sign, on an abandoned barn, across the tracks from the local train station.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member shadow101

location: Oregon

date approved: 12/17/2007

last visited: 7/5/2021

Image for Scoville-Sheppard Ltd. New & Used Cars - Corvallis, ORview gallery

SWSW115.9 km

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Ghost SignsScoville-Sheppard Ltd. New & Used Cars - Corvallis, OR

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The current home of The Toy Factory was once home to a new and used car business as well as auto repair.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/22/2018

last visited: never

Image for Mason, Ehrman & Co. Mural, Astoria Riverwalk, 11th and 12th Streets, Astoria, OR. 97103.view gallery

NWNW116.7 km

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Ghost SignsMason, Ehrman & Co. Mural, Astoria Riverwalk, 11th and 12th Streets, Astoria, OR. 97103.

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Mason, Ehrman Co. was a wholesale grocery business founded in Portland in 1886. The mural has faded badly over the years.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member greysman

location: Oregon

date approved: 12/18/2013

last visited: 9/16/2018

Image for Spaeth Heritage House Ghost Signs - Philomath, ORview gallery

SWSW121.3 km

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Ghost SignsSpaeth Heritage House Ghost Signs - Philomath, OR

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The Spaeth Heritage House is home to a salvage store for reclaimed house parts and contains ghosts signs on the building front and side.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/31/2018

last visited: never

Image for Frank Everett and Co. building, Chehalis, Washingtonview gallery

NN129.9 km

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Ghost SignsFrank Everett and Co. building, Chehalis, Washington

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Sign on the west side of the Frank Everett and Company building in Chehalis, Washington.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dzrt1st

location: Washington

date approved: 4/17/2007

last visited: never

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