It’s a rare treat to spot an abandoned restaurant sign out in the desert on a road trip, or a weathered shop sign while wandering the back streets of an old neighborhood. One’s mind easily wanders to what that old sign has witnessed in its lifetime: what major or seemingly insignificant life events, natural disasters, and societal change it has silently looked down upon. How many lives have been lived underneath (or above) it.
We’ve gathered up some timeworn treasures, and now we invite you to let your imagination run wild. Check out these vintage signs that are so unique, you won’t want to stop looking. (This story originally appeared on The Active Times.)