[Wall, SD] Wall Drug: The All-in-One Wild West Tourist Stop

“Our history began with free ice water,” the site boasts.

On the way to Wyoming, I first noticed a “Hooked on Wall Drug” sign that featured a derpy bass.🐟  Derpy bass the omen. A few miles later, it was “Caught on Wall Drug” paired with another random visual. It didn’t stop there. Every 10 miles or so we’d see another sign.

Does it literally make you bounce off the wall? Is it an open drug party invite? (If so, the appeal may or may not have went up…)

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ok maybe not a diner
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if only it was apple
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that’s so far what does it say
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ok so like a diner
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are these hand painted?
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WHAT ARE YOU WALL DRUG
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that’s what I’ve been saying to life all along
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?? is this a mining place

Ah, the convenience of Google. Wall Drug Store, simply known as Wall Drug, was a tourist spot that tripled as a gift shop, an eatery, and of course, a drug store. It was an hour away. Talk about advertising for the long haul.

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moooooo
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Cow break
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This was a scenic stop by the highway. Where I was standing the cows looked like little brown and black dots.

Also passed a sad little place called 1880. It was supposed to be like a “travel back in time to a land of cowboys and Indians” sort of thing. I’d say it was a good idea, except it’s located in the middle of farmlands. The only things that stood around were lonesome silhouettes.

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that’s a random thing to have
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oh I guess they had company
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THIS IS DOPE

You get the point. There were a lot of signs.

The final countdown. EXIT NOW OR LOSE YOUR CHANCE FOREVER! To go into tourist hell or keep going on our way? I’ve already invested too much time into the ads. Heck, why not. Let’s go!

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Entering town… well that was anti climatic.

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what do you mean “and cafe”
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what about BARlands bar… I’m unBARable.

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Designed for a large tourist crowd that wasn’t there
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Inside of the ice cream place

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I know what to name my next strip club

All the parked license plates were from out-of-state. We weren’t even planning to get off of the car but Dad gave in at “handmade ice cream.” My hands were too full to take a photo of it, so here’s mashed potatoes instead:

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NOW YOU CAN’T UNSEE IT

I’m sorry for ruining your life.

Anyway, Wall Drug was gift shops on steroids. All of the stores were connected for an uninterrupted shopping experience. Most people looked like parents or traveling retirees. The cashiers spoke in African accents. I had to talk Mom out of buying dream weavers and racist shirts multiple times.

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Look the gang’s all here
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Dad: Look at those big animals
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Middle aged couples everywhere too
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HEYYYYyyy
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Might need this at Yellowstone
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Can you see Kiki? 😀
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Who invited you Marcus
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One of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in my life
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Very midwest-y
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Random dose of fantasy
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uh

And that’s my South Dakota experience. Now what?
A.) Wait, I missed the trip here!
B.) Onwards to Yellowstone!
C.) Take me down South.

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the road waits for no one
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except beautiful Mother Nature
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