Let’s Visit the Wall Drugstore!

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 1931.20170721_134010.jpg

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.

20170721_141814.jpgJeannie 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. Continue reading “Let’s Visit the Wall Drugstore!”

The First 2,700 Miles

Jeannie and I are now in New Meadows, Idaho having completed 2,700 miles of our journey thus far.  I left Boulder City, Nevada July 2, 2017 and together we left Santa Fe, New Mexico July 17, 2017.  Quite an experience thus far.  We had wanted to continue to the Columbia Gorge in Oregon and on to the Oregon coast.  Then continue south to California.  Extreme forest fires at the Columbia Gorge and Oregon has resulted in unsafe air quality levels due to smoke in much of the northwest and Oregon coast.  We may not continue to Oregon and reroute southeast to Zion and Bryce Canyon National parks in Utah.  We will keep you posted.

Interior, South Dakota Train Depot

Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific Railroad Company Depot at Interior SD, Jackson County

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Photo taken June 1967
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It took me a long time to try and find a historical photo of the old train depot at Interior, South Dakota.  Built in 1907, this photo was taken in June of 1967.  My Mom, Ruth Overholt and her three sisters, Helen – Arlene and Maryanne along with their mother Florence (my Grandmother) and husband Martin operated a boarding hotel adjacent to this train depot during the Great Depression in the 1930’s.  This train depot and boarding hotel at Interior were torn down (or burned down) and only a foundation existed during our visit during the family reunion in 1982 (?).

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