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Brass Wall Drug Store South Dakota Advertising Souvenir Token Coin
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Brass Wall Drug Store South Dakota Advertising Souvenir Token Coin
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The picture shows a view of both sides of this Brass Wall Drug Store South Dakota Advertising Souvenir Token Coin. One side has their famous dinosaur. It is marked on the two sides as follows:

WALL DRUG
WALL, SOUTH DAKOTA
WALL DRUG
DINOSAUR

The souvenir token measures 1-1/16''. It appears to be in excellent condition as pictured. below here, for reference is some additional information on Wall Drug of Wall, South Dakota:

Wall Drug
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wall Drug Store, often referred to simply as ''Wall Drug'', is a tourist attraction located in the town 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''.

History

The small town drugstore made its first step towards fame when it was purchased by Ted Hustead in 1931. Hustead was a Nebraska native and pharmacist who was looking for a small town with a Catholic church in which to establish his business. He bought Wall Drug, located in a 231 person town in what he referred to as ''the middle of nowhere'', and strove to make a living. Business was very slow until his wife, Dorothy, got the idea to advertise free ice water to parched travelers heading to the newly opened Mount Rushmore monument 60 miles to the west. From that time on business was brisk. Wall Drug grew into a cowboy themed shopping mall and department store. Wall Drug includes a western art museum, a chapel based on the one found at New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque, Iowa, and an 80 foot Apatosaurus dinosaur that can be seen right off Interstate 90. It was designed by Emmet Sullivan who also created the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Park and Dinosaur World.

The marketing campaign

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. In addition, many visitors of Wall Drug have erected signs throughout the world announcing the miles to Wall Drug from famous locations, treating it as a geodesic datum. 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. Wall Drug has over 500 miles of billboards on Interstate 90, stretching from Minnesota to Billings, Montana. Wall Drug spends an estimated $400,000 on billboards every year.

To date, Wall Drug still offers free ice water, but as they have become more popular, they have started to offer free bumper stickers and signs to aid in promotion, and coffee for 5 cents. Some popular free bumper stickers read ''Where the heck is Wall Drug?'', ''How many miles to Wall Drug?'', and ''Where in the world is Wall Drug?''.

Back when the United States Air Force was still operating Minuteman Missile silos in the Western South Dakota plains, Wall Drug used to offer free coffee and donuts to service personnel if they stopped in on their way to or from Ellsworth Air Force Base (50 miles west on Interstate 90). Wall Drug continues to offer free coffee and a donut to honeymooners, veterans, priests, hunters, truck drivers, and other travelers.

Ted Hustead died in 1999. The following day, the governor of South Dakota began his annual State of the State address by commemorating Hustead as ''a guy that figured out that free ice water could turn you into a phenomenal success in the middle of a semi arid desert way out in the middle of someplace''.

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Brass Wall Drug Store South Dakota Advertising Souvenir Token Coin


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