Liberty Tire Ghost Sign in Cincinnati

Liberty Tire Ghost Sign in Cincinnati

One of my favorite Cincinnati ghost signs is Liberty Tire on the edge of Northside, at the corner of Elmore St. and Spring Grove Ave. It’s not just a sign; it’s an entire painted building.

Liberty Tire Ghost Sign in Cincinnati

Liberty Tire Ghost Sign in Cincinnati

Is it just me, or is it strange that a business named for liberty advertises using Native American characters?


17 thoughts on “Liberty Tire Ghost Sign in Cincinnati

  1. Building Cincinnati reported this building is on the city’s nuisance list. It’s in bad shape, the owner doesn’t want to deal with it & I don’t think wants to sell it either.
    I think it’s a great “welcome” sign for the community & makes for a nice “bookend” with the Timber Inn sign on the other end on Spring Grove.

  2. Timber Inn? I don’t think I’ve ever seen that one; I’ll have to seek it out. This building looks like it’s in terrible shape, but I completely agree with you about its function as a neighborhood welcome marker. It’s so prominent and distinctive.

  3. the Old Timber Inn is on Spring Grove @ Crawford – across from the cemetery. An interurban came down Crawford to Spring Grove & met with a streetcar. Great place for a bar.
    the sign was restored a couple years ago.

  4. As a kid it was always nice to be greeted by that sign! Once it was such a Beaut! But, over the years it is as you say a Ghost sign. I still love it tho..

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  10. As a taxi owner-operator for 30 years in Cincinnati I was very familiar with Liberty Tire, the sign, and the fine people who worked there. I bought many tires there. I moved to Chico, California in 2003, back visiting once in 2011. I was just driving around Clifton and Northside in Google Earth, revisiting the streets and buildings to see what has changed. Visited Victor St. and Enslin St. where I used to live, then by Joey’s Deli where I used to shop, then down to Camp Washington Chili and U.S. Chili. Then I remembered Liberty Tire so I drove down Spring Grove to Northside. But no Liberty Tire that I remembered. Then Google led me here. Glad somebody remembers.

  11. There it is. The Liberty Tire I knew is now occupied by Zin’s Plumbing at 3825 Spring Grove Avenue. It was not the building with the wonderful sign. That was close by, but I don’t remember where.

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