Roadside South Dakota

Wall Drug

Heading east on I-90 there is a sign every mile for 100 miles for Wall Drug. “5 cent coffee,” “free ice water,” “buffalo burgers,” “western wear,” on and on it goes. They never say where Wall Drug is until the last sign a half mile before the exit.

76,000 sq.ft. of roadside kitsch
76,000 sq.ft. of roadside kitsch

So Wall Drug is this maze of shops and restaurants (all owned by Wall Drug) under a single roof. It’s huge – think Walmart Supercenter size. The town of Wall, SD, has a population of 730. I’m guessing it takes 500+ employees to run Wall Drug. They get 2 million visitors a year (to put that in perspective, Mount Rushmore gets 2 million visitors per year).

Since I didn’t need any Chinese made cowboy hat bookends, I just had a buffalo burger and moved on.

Skel-o-Saur

Near Midland, in the middle of a field, there is a sculpture of a skeletal man walking a skeletal dinosaur on a leash. You can’t quite see the leash in my photo because I was 800-1000 feet away (the closest I could get). The dinosaur is about 40 feet tall.

Skeleton man walking skeleton dinosaur near Midland, South Dakota.
Skeleton man walking skeleton dinosaur near Midland, South Dakota.

Rest Area?

The view from this rest stop near Chamberlain is pretty awesome.

This is a view from a rest area on I-90 in South Dakota (~MP 220).
This is a view from a rest area on I-90 in South Dakota (~MP 220).

Corn Palace

The Corn Palace in downtown Mitchell hosts the area’s sporting and concert events. It’s also decorated inside and out with murals made from corn. All of the murals are taken down and replaced with new designs every year.

The whole exterior and much of the interior is made of corn and built new each year.
The whole exterior and much of the interior is made of corn and built new each year.

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Mural in corn
Mural in corn