“What the heck is Wall Drug?” Well that is a little difficult to answer. Part drug store, part museum, part mall, and part arcade. And that is just the beginning. What started as a pharmacy offering “free ice water” to weary travelers has grown into one of the states top tourist destinations. The ice water still free to this day. And so is the experience. There is no charge to get into Wall Drug. However the same cannot be said for their awesome gifts, souvenirs, and delicious homemade doughnuts. Whether you make a purchase or not, a day at Wall Drug is an experience your family won’t forget.
www.walldrug.com – 605-279-2175
Wall, South Dakota was established in the summer of 1907 as a railroad station for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. It was formally incorporated as the city of Wall on Jan. 25, 1908. During that same period, a U.S. Post Route was introduced, schools were built, phone lines went in, and the Cheyenne Valley Electric Company was established.
After that, the town continued to grow. Grain elevators were built to serve farmers in the region and a town dam was constructed to provide water for fire protection. In addition to the train depot, a blacksmith, post office and drug store were offered to make life easier for residents. Eventually a restaurant and bar also popped up.
Although Wall’s primary attraction is the world-famous Wall Drug, it has become a well-equipped town that provides services, dining and lodging to the millions of visitors each year. Nearby attractions such as the Badlands National Park and the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site also draw visitors in. But it hasn’t lost that small-town charm or western spirit that makes it a great place to stop and stretch your legs, or stay awhile to explore.