Great "ghost" signs of Tucson

Great "ghost" signs of Tucson

Did you see the story in today's Arizona Daily Star about the former Charlie's Automotive becoming a brewery? I am thrilled that the beer hall owners are retaining the "ghost sign" from Charlie's. Tucson has lots of ghost signs. I know the story behind many of them, but not the "war" sign on Alameda Street just west of Stone Avenue in the heart of downtown. If you know that story, please share.

The west side of Barrio Brewing, which used to be Tucson Warehouse & Transfer.  

The west side of Barrio Brewing, which used to be Tucson Warehouse & Transfer.

 

We did business for many years with Lou's Plumbing in South Tucson on Fourth Avenue. Still lament that it closed.

We did business for many years with Lou's Plumbing in South Tucson on Fourth Avenue. Still lament that it closed.

I wasn't there for the founding of El Rapido in 1933, but oh how I wish it still served up those paper thin flour tortillas around red chile. I miss it every time I walk by this sign in the El Presidio neighborhood on the north side of downtown. The lunchtime line at this tiny shop used to extend outside the front door.

I wasn't there for the founding of El Rapido in 1933, but oh how I wish it still served up those paper thin flour tortillas around red chile. I miss it every time I walk by this sign in the El Presidio neighborhood on the north side of downtown. The lunchtime line at this tiny shop used to extend outside the front door.

Champagne glasses, sharks and other decor bicyclists wear on their helmets

Champagne glasses, sharks and other decor bicyclists wear on their helmets

This is the scariest scene in Tucson

This is the scariest scene in Tucson