A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Wall Drug


Wall, South Dakota

When traveling Interstate 90 these billboards start showing up something like fifty miles away (just guessing).  There is an estimated somewhere between 200 and 300 of them.  I have traveled this area many times and never stopped to check out Wall Drug.  I thought this time I would as our overnight camp was less than ten miles away.

A block away there was a nice large parking area for RV’s and the like.  
“Be back soon Beans” and I walked on over to Main St.

Across the street from Wall Drug wasn’t encouraging.

I walked on in front of Wall Drug itself glancing in windows and open doorways.
I saw all I needed to see without stepping inside.
Sorry folks, but I am not one you would want to be with at tourist traps.
If you want to see what all I passed up Google Wall Drug and click on images.

I can’t do this.  At least I came.
I paused outside to take another photo and saw the words ‘Pharmacy Museum’.
Well I would like to see that and I pushed myself to go back inside.
I can do this.

Inside it is a maze of alleyways with all manners of gift shops.  I finally asked a clerk in one such shop about the pharmacy museum.  He pulled out a colorful map and pointed out a spot way over on the other side of the complex.  “Sigh”  “Oh it is not that far” he said.  I told him its not the distance I am concerned with but all the humanity I have to work my way through.  He said “Oh you’re lucky you are here in the morning.  You ought to be here in the afternoon.”

So I got to the general area and saw this real drug store.  Oh, I must be close.  I’ll ask the young lady at the counter.  “Hi.  I’m looking for the pharmacy museum.”  
“This is it” she said.
“I’m in it?”

“It is just all the items on the top shelf and in the front display windows.”

So I looked around at the top shelf throughly amused at myself,
giggling inside that I was in the pharmacy museum and had no idea I was.

The front display windows.

Someday masks may be a museum item but not yet anyway as far as I’m concerned.

But hey, it wasn’t a complete waste of my time.  I got a free bumper sticker in the pharmacy museum.


John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I'd have made a run for it in case they kept me as a museum exhibit too!

Barbara R. said...

How cool!

Toc said...

Do they still sell coffee for a nickel?

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

The billboards still read so.

Vicki said...

Neat, I love finding stuff like that on vacation!

The Furry Gnome said...

We were there in 1990, with our kids on one of those cross-country camping trips. The signs started 200 miles away!

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Well I was going to write 100 miles but couldn’t find anything to back up my claim and thought people would think I was exaggerating. Thank you.