Wall, South Dakota: Wall Drug Store
This mega-tourist trap has been a vacation stop for generations of thirsty travelers -- it's much more than a drug store. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [03/15/2009]
Wall Drug - The Yard: Roadside Archives: 1992 clips from "The Yard," where dead animals crudely dance, and a rotting gorilla plays the piano. Watch Video.
Visitor Tips and News About Wall Drug Store
What a fun place for a stop off. There is water shooting up from the ground to the tune of dueling banjos and other tunes while I was there. It's a sort of Midwestern Bellagio fountain show like in Las Vegas. Very clever. Lots to see here.[Mel Rob, 06/27/2009]
"Ride 'em Jackalope Girl!" -- Ciara Mulvihill at Wall Drug, Wall, SD, July 2007.[Abbie Mulvihill, 01/01/2008]
Virgil "Dobby" Hansen of Philip, South Dakota, painted hundreds of the nice wooden billboards that lined the byways of the midwest, hawking the wonders of Wall Drug. Called Dobby because of the paint daubs that covered his clothing, Sherwin and Williams in RED, GREEN, BLACK, YELLOW and of course the nice crisp WHITE, he neatly hand-lettered each sign that stood out so vividly at 70 MPH. Each one, clear, concise and memorable, was a work not only of art but of the pursuit of a job well done.
Dobby began sign painting in South Dakota when he returned from World War II, and painted until his death in 1989, killed by the plywood sheets of an 80-ft. long Wall Drug billboard as it slid off a truck.
Dobby not only painted signs for the Wall Drug, but did woodwork that graces the Wall Drug as well. The brands around the dining room, the wooden Wall Drug in black walnut on the face of the store and the Travelers Chapel sign to name a few.[Crystal Jackson, 02/19/2005]