Kitsch and Corn
Trip Start Jul 08, 2010
14Trip End Jul 27, 2010
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After the drive, we arrived in Wall and proceeded to the well known tourist destination (trap) of Wall Drug. It was originally a simple drug sore that was bought by the Hustead family in the 1930s, but business was bad and they were on the verge of bankruptcy when Mrs Hustead had a life changing vision. Travel at that time was dry, hot, and dusty and she thought that they could attract business by offering free ice water to passing motorists.
I had fond memories of Wall Drug as a child 30 years ago. I can remember watching the highway signs from hundreds of miles away, and feeling the anticipation as we got closer. Once we got there, I can remember being in awe at all of the different shops, shows, and merchandise. There were shooting galleries, coin-operated attractions, and a scary animatronic T-Rex in the back. It was magical, and I was looking forward to seeing it again on this trip. Unfortunately, time has a way of changing things. What was once magical and exciting has become kitschsky and dull. The store still has all of the old attractions, but they seem run down and old. The entire place has become commercialized and slick, although they still offer free ice water and nickel coffee! The store now occupies an entire block, and has become a victim of its own success. Don't get me wrong...young children will be in sensory overload here, but it's just not the same for me as an adult. Don't forget to see the updated T-Rex in back...it's still fun and scary!
After Wall Drug, we continued east on I-90 toward Sioux Falls
We got to Sioux Falls at a decent hour, and have just been relaxing since then. So far this trip has been a good bonding experience, and the drive has not been bad at all. I hope you have enjoyed reading about our trip, and I will continue to update things as able. More later...