At the west end of the Badlands is Wall, SD, this is where the famous Wall Drug stands. Wall Drug boasts about itself on its billboards. Hundreds of them line the east-west approaches along Interstate 90 in South Dakota, tantalizing travelers with offers of five cent coffee and free ice water. You'll also will see many comical signs as you approach the town.
But there is more in the town than just Wall Drug. Many quaint stores of different types are along the Main Street.
It is well worth the time to stop and see a part of American history. This was a place where settlers traveling west could stop for supplies and Yes, free ice water. To date, Wall Drug still offers free ice water, but as they have become more popular, they have started to offer free bumper stickers and signs to aid in promotion, and coffee for 5 cents.
All the people that say it is a tourist trap do not know the history of this giant drug store. In 1931 a young pharmacist and his wife bought a drug store in Wall. The business was slow and Dorothy Hustead had an idea to give free ice water to travelers. The business started to get busy and grow because of the free ice water. The place became so popular that a small town emerged around the drug store. The store grew to be a city block with different stores all connected. The store saved the town and it has successful businesses thanks to Wall Drug and because of Dorothy's creativity.
The drugstore is a fabulous place to visit and shop for great souvenirs and get a bite to eat. We indulged in a couple of delicious donuts and of course the coffee for 5 cents! Yum. We completed our visit by visiting other shops in town, where I found my perfect hat! If traveling through South Dakota, don't miss this attraction as you won't be disappointed.
Tomorrow homeward bound! Ohio...