7.21.17 Called my cousin Pam that lives in the Black Hills and agreed to meet at the Wall Drugstore in Wall, South Dakota. Pam’s sister, Cousin Jo, was visiting from Florida and they met Jeannie and I at the Wall Drugstore for lunch. It was an easy 40 minute, 45 mile drive for us east on Interstate 90. We had a great time. Walked through the Wall Drug pointing out all the historical photos.
Much has been written about the history of this drug store occupying today over 79,000 SF in rural Wall, South Dakota. It is a fun place to visit. Has been labeled as a tourist trap however, it is quite a retail establishment. Really something to see if you are ever in this part of the country.
However, there is a back story in our family history with the Wall Drug that dates back to 1931. My Mom’s family, the Overholts grew up in Wall South Dakota. In 1931, my Mom, Ruth Overholt’, two older sisters Maryanne and Arlene were two of the original employees of the Wall Drug in 1931.
My Aunt Arlene Overholt is second from the left. My Aunt Mary Ann is third from the left.
Jeannie was insistent that I take her picture astride a Jackalope at the Wall Drug. Reluctantly, I snapped this picture.
Jeannie and I say goodbye to my Cousins Pam and Cynthia Jo with a promise to catch up with them later. It was time for Jeannie and I to head to Interior, South Dakota in the Badlands before we returned to campsite in Box Elder, South Dakota.