There are faint signs of life in Sprague still--a post office, a motel that has seen better days, one grocery store, one tavern, and an antique shop with a note on the door asking you to call the owner if you would like her to open the store.
What really struck me about Sprague, though, were the amazing ghost signs. Regular readers of this blog know my obsession with spotting these faded painted signs on the signs of brick buildings. Sprague has a remarkable collection of surviving signs. Some have been repainted by preservation-minded citizens, others appear to be original. Forgive the quality of the following images, taken with the phone on my camera:
|This obviously repainted sign greets you as you come into town from the east. |
The advertised wares point to an earlier time.
See this picture on Flickr for how the sign appeared in 2012.
|Not open on Sunday mornings!|
|The building owner told me this sign had been "touched up" some years ago.|
|I tried to frame this shot with the boom from the wheat elevator and |
reflections in the puddles. Didn't quite work.
|Really well-preserved original sign.|
|Hertrich and Moylan General Merchandise, plus a Bull Durham.|
|This undated photo from the WSU Library shows the|
sign in better shape.
|Most of the buildings are boarded up, waiting for the next boom.|
|Mostly too faint to read|