Wall, South Dakota
(Home to the
World's LARGEST Drug Store)
Excerpts from Kristy:
July 3, 1998
our all day journey from Rapid City, South Dakota, home of
Mt. Rushmore, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of the lesser
know Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, we stopped in
Wall, South Dakota. The main draw of Wall? Why Wall Drug of
course. Maybe you've run into signs, they're all over the
world touting "3,185 miles to Wall Drug!" What's
so great about Wall Drug? Why is the parking lot packed with
cars and the store packed with people? Probably, because this
is the quintessential old-time Roadside America.
Here's a brief history of Wall Drug from their brochure:
Ted and Dorothy Hustead bought the Wall Drug Store in the
height of the depression in the middle of nowhere. Mt. Rushmore
was still under construction, so they weren't getting many
customers. One day Dorothy mentioned to Ted a way they could
get travelers to stop in the drug store. Free Ice Water. So,
Ted put signs up on the highway reading "Get a soda...Get
a root beer...Turn next corner...Just as near...To Highway
16 & 14...Free Ice Water...Wall Drug."
Thus began the famous Wall Drug, now filled wall-to-wall
with animated dinosaurs, statues, jackaloupes and other oddities.
They still serve free ice water and sell normal drug store
items squeezed in between the gift shops and cafe. Well, worth
stopping at for a glimpse of old time Roadside America.