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The two RV Gypsies
at Wall Drug
510 Main Street
Wall, South Dakota
'605.279.2175
May 16, 2016

USA map showing location of South Dakotamap of South Dakota showing location of Wall Drug

Wall Drug Store, often called simply "Wall Drug," is a tourist attraction located in the city of Wall, South Dakota. It is a shopping mall consisting of a drug store, gift shop, restaurants and various other stores. Unlike a traditional shopping mall, all the stores at Wall Drug operate under a single entity instead of being individually run stores. The New York Times has described Wall Drug as "a sprawling tourist attraction of international renown that takes in more than $10 million a year and draws some two million annual visitors to a remote town." This is the second time that the two RV Gypsies stopped at Wall Drug.

Wall Drug earns much of its fame from its self-promotion. Billboards advertising the establishment can be seen for hundreds of miles throughout South Dakota and the neighboring states. By 1981 Wall Drug was claiming it was giving away 20,000 cups of water per day during the peak tourist season, lasting from Memorial Day until Labor Day, and during the hottest days of the summer.

Most of Wall Drug's advertisement billboards can be found on an approximately 650-mile-long stretch of Interstate 90 from Minnesota to Billings, Montana. Wall Drug spends an estimated $400,000 on billboards every year.

The two RV Gypsies photographed several Wall Drug billboards and they can be seen by choosing the first item in the menu at the bottom of this page - site 12.

sign: Greetings from The Black Hills of South Dakota the outside of Wall Drug Store
Wall, South Dakota water tower

Below: The Wall Drug Dinosaur - 80 feet tall

The Wall Drug Dinosaur The Wall Drug Dinosaur
The Wall Drug Dinosaur

Below: Karen Duquette on the Wall Drug Jackalope

The jackalope is part-antelope, part-jackrabbit - an antlered species of rabbit, unfortunately rumored to be extinct, though occasional sightings of this rare creature continue to occur, suggesting that pockets of jackalope populations continue to persist in its native home, the American West. The Jackalope is an aggressive species, willing to use its antlers to fight. Thus, it is also sometimes called the "warrior rabbit."

Jackalopes possess an uncanny ability to mimic human sounds. In the old West, when cowboys would gather by their campfires to sing at night, Jackalopes would frequently be heard singing back, mimicking the voices of the cowboys. Jackalopes become especially vocal before thunderstorms, perhaps because they mate only when lightning flashes (or so it is theorized). When chased, the jackalope will use its vocal abilities to elude capture. For instance, when chased by people it will call out phrases such as, "There he goes, over there," in order to throw pursuers off its track.

The best way to catch a jackalope is to lure it with whiskey, as they have a particular fondness for this drink. Once intoxicated, the animal becomes slower and easier to hunt.

Karen Duquette on the Wall Drug Jackalope Karen Duquette driving a horse-drawn covered wagon

Below: A piano playing monkey, a statue and more unique stuff at Wall Drug.

A piano playing monkey statue
miniature replica of Mount Rushmore poker players and the two RV Gypsies
Lee duquette by a big buffalo a giant rabbit goosing Lee Duquette

Below: T-Rex got animated and growled. Karen did take a video, and it will be posted on this website soon.

sign: T-Rex eats every 15 minutes T- REx at Wall Drug
T- REx at Wall Drug T- REx at Wall Drug
an alligator statue a pink Flamigo in a window

On the way here, the two RV Gypsies saw a Wall Drug sign stating that veterans get a free cup of coffee and a donut. So the two RV Gypsies inquired about it in the restaurant and the lady handed Lee a donut and started to walk away. Karen then had to state that she was also a Veteran. Duh! Karen seldom eats donuts, but it was free, freshly made and tasty.

Menu for the two RV Gypsies
in South Dakota
Sites 12-15
May 15-20, 2016

You may view these adventures in any order your choose.

(There is also a link to Wyoming at the bottom of this page)

bullet S.D. Welcome Center/Rest Area/travel (site 12)

bullet Travel photos in South-Central SD

bullet Mitchell Corn Palace - site 13

bullet Badlands Petrified Gardens - site 14

bullet Wall Drug, the Jackalope and more- site 14

bullet Rapid City, The Berlin Wall, and more- site 15

bullet Bear Country USA

bullet Chapel in the Hills

bullet Cosmos Mystery Area

bullet Dinosaur Park in Rapid City

bullet Formal Gardens and sundial in Rapid City

bullet Pactola Lake, part of Black Hills National Forest

bullet Presidential Statues in Rapid City

bullet Marlins Restaurant

CAMPGROUNDS THE TWO RV GYPSIES STAYED AT IN SD

bullet Sioux City North KOA in North Sioux City, SD

bullet Hills RV Park in Plankinton, SD

bullet Belvidere East Exit 170 KOA in Midland, SD

bullet Three Flags RV Park in Black Hawk, SD

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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the above sites in South Dakota, please continue on to the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in Buffalo, Wyoming.