I was in Liberty when exploring the nearby Borscht Belt ruins, which you can see here. The downtown of Liberty is lovely, small, and of course, struggling. Here are a few views that I dug.
Will you look at this:
It appears to be...a stationery store?
One of the rarest of bricks-and-mortar businesses.There's no way this can still be in business! The services advertised in the window are faxes, copies, and rubber stamps. Inside:
Is this building Deco or the residential version of a Doo-Wop era finned hot rod?
In the Family Dollar visible beyond this whimsical almost googie style laundrette, there was a near riot on the day we visited when they had to turn away patrons saying their comany system was down. I exagerate, but people were not pleased.
And with that, other than a church, a supermarket called like American Market or some such, the library, police station, a bar and grill called McCabe's (appropriately enough), and a motel which is probably no longer the type that takes overnight guests, you've now basically seen the whole downtown.
There are two thrift stores on and just off the main street, but don't get excited: we're talking second generation Wal-Mart fare. There's another thrift slightly out of town on 55. There, I found a few cool things to buy such as vintage House Beautiful and Esquire magazines for .25 each, but I also spotted something disturbing. It was a suede jacket that I'm fairly certain is a Nazi / other extremist group item. Here's the crummy iPhone pic I took on the down-low.
I just think if you've ever seen the logo of the SS...you're not going to incorporate anything remotely like it into your own logo (along with stitched renditions of a W and an S and a cross inside a circle) if you don't have similar intentions. Anyway! This is not, of course, meant to represent this town in any way or the seller who most likely was not at all aware it was in their extensive collection, but I just didn't know where else to deposit this disturbing information.
And finally, highly recommended, if you are hungry in Liberty: North Main Mexican Grocery & Deli.