More Badlands and a Trip to a “Drug Store” for Ice Cream.

Exploring and taking pictures –  Badlands National Park and vicinity, August 11, 2014

After Cliff Shelf Trail, we visited a number of view points, turnouts and even a short hike (or two).  I usually take photos of signs associated with places we stop so that I have something to refer to when putting together a post.  It didn’t happen as much at Badlands, for whatever reason, so I’ll share a few of the better images of the Badlands.

Badlands National Park, August 11, 2014

Badlands National Park, August 11, 2014

Badlands National Park, August 11, 2014

Badlands National Park, August 11, 2014

Badlands National Park, August 11, 2014

Some time after our noon meal, we headed out of the park for the nearby town of Wall, South Dakota, for some ice cream at Wall Drug.

Wall Drug, Wall, South Dakota, August 11, 2014

Wall was incorporated as a town in 1908.  It was named for its location near the high wall of the Badlands.  It is best known for Wall Drug Store, which opened as a small pharmacy in 1931 during the Depression, but eventually developed into a large roadside tourist attraction.  Over time it has grown into into a cowboy-themed shopping mall/department store (and tourist trap).

Wall Drug, Wall, South Dakota, August 11, 2014

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.” (Wikipedia)

Wall Drug, Wall, South Dakota, August 11, 2014

Wall Drug, Wall, South Dakota, August 11, 2014

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  • Rummuser Sep 6, 2014

    I like the phrase Tourist Trap!
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    • Mike Sep 6, 2014

      It’s a pretty common phrase here in the US for those who travel. All to sucker the poor dumb tourist.

      All we bought there was the ice cream.
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  • Hilary Sep 8, 2014

    Hi Mike – well they brought the tourists in .. but a one-stop benefit shop …

    Your photos are amazing .. and show us just how bad BadLands are ..

    Cheers Hilary
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    • Mike Sep 8, 2014

      Thanks Hilary!! More photos to come!

      That store probably helped keep that town alive by enticing the touristas in. 😉
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