Wall Drug – South Dakota Landmark


“Where the Heck is Wall Drug?” – that bumper sticker (and complementary road signs) have intrigued travelers for several decades.


Wall Drug stands in the middle of Wall, South Dakota, located on the northwestern side of the Badlands. It’s a fun place to stop and shop. The store covers the better part of a block, and it has everything from the tacky to the sublime, including five-cent coffee, free ice water, giant jackalope and T-Rex statues, life-size dioramas with singing cowboys and a gorilla, book store, restaurant, aspirin, cowboy hats, chapel, art gallery, and more.


You won’t have any trouble finding Wall Drug. Just follow the signs

Wall Drug…what an experience. If you love to shop for tourist items, that’s the place to go. You could probably find whatever you are looking for, from the tackiest to the finest.
Let me start out by saying I have no affiliation with Wall Drug or any copyright to it.
Like most members of my gender, I am not into shopping. However, I had a great time at the sanctuary of tackiness known as Wall Drug. They were very proud of the mythical beast “jackalope,” which is completely understandable. In every of the 20-or-so rooms into which I ventured, there was some item holding the essence of it. They even had a large statue of a jackalope, which patrons were allowed to sit on to get a photo. To inform you all, I will soon be making this my profile picture on Facebook.
Wall Drug also had many singing mannequins, which terrified my friend. Near the giant jackalope, they had a hut which was formatted to look like an old bar from the West. Playing the grand piano in that bar was a life-sized gorilla, who chanted his merry melody if you paid the fee of 25 cents. In one of the shopping areas, they had a group of singing gentlemen behind glass. Amongst them were a coyote, a dog, and a prairie dog. This assembly of mannequins sang the well-known song “Home on the Range.” It was blissfully annoying, as we heard that throughout the store and in the car, when my mother insisted on singing whenever possible.
I proudly walked out of the store with a tin whistle, an ocarina, and a jackalope to call my own. The latter of the three I named “Leporinum,” which in Latin means “rabbit.” I was going to name it whatever the Latin was for “jackalope,” but I guess they didn’t have those centuries ago.


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