Wall Drug Store, located in Wall South Dakota became famous from its self-promotion. Billboards advertising the drug store can be seen for hundreds of miles throughout South Dakota and the neighboring states. In WWII, American GI’s even painted signs throughout Europe pointing the way to the iconic tourist trap. That tradition continues today with soldiers from South Dakota and neighboring states.
But, beginning in May, a new sign will crop up in Wall. The iconic bar and shield of Harley-Davidson will be erected as the owners of Black Hills HD have decided to venture out and open a satellite store in Wall.
According to a report in the Rapid City Journal, the decision was made because Harley corporate ended a program allowing dealers to sell “event items” like Sturgis rally shirts outside of Harley stores.
For years Black Hills HD sold its rally shirts and other merchandise at Wall Drugs.
The store is expected to open in May, 2011.
One Eyed Jack’s Saloon on Main Street in Sturgis sold for more than twice it’s county-appraised value yesterday reaching 9.2 million before the final gavel fell.
The company who auctioned the property said that interest was high as bidders came from states as far California and Florida and as close as Colorado and the Black Hills.
The winning bidder was a local businessman, Louis Bruer, the owner of the No Name City Campground located east of Sturgis.
Bruer told the Rapid City Journal that he has no plans to change anything at the Saloon.
The 45,000-square-foot-property included 80 cash registers, about 800 bar stools, a Sturgis liquor license and an exotic performer license that was grandfathered in after state statutes changed in 2008.
According to the report, it was unclear if the exotic performer license would be transferable to the new owner.
The calendar says it’s the first full week of August so that must mean the 70th annual Sturgis Rally and Races is in full swing. If you didn’t save up enough cash or time off then you’re in the same boat as most of us, wishing we were in the Black Hills instead of pounding away at our day jobs.
Not to worry, we’ve compiled a few of the best Sturgis blogs on the net. If you know of a few more, be sure to leave a comment and a link.
Bikernet.com – More than just Sturgis, but good info all around
The Buffalo Chip- Twitter feed from the World’s largest biker campground/party
Rapid City Journal Webcam – Sturgis SD sidewalk web cam that works half the time
American Biker Minute – Twitter feed from Sturgis