Taco John's now operates over 400 restaurants in 25 states, but it all started in1968 with a small food truck down the street from Cheyenne Frontier Days fair and rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
John Turner was an officer in the United States Air Force. After serving in the Korean War, he was stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. In 1968, he approached local realtor James Woodson to help him find a property for his new restaurant, the "Taco House". Woodson had a friend and business partner who built campers and travel trailers.
Just in time for Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1968, they launched a food truck selling tacos and burritos. It was an instant hit. Eventually, they opened another location, then another, then another. The next year, Turner sold the business to Woodson and his associate Harold Holmes, who changed the name to "Taco John's".
In 2004, Turner died at the age of 73. Holmes and Woodson successfully expanded the company up until their deaths in 2008 and 2012. Both the Holmes and Woodson families remain on the company's board of directors.
Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants Within 90 Minutes of Sioux Falls
Veer off the beaten path. Take a road trip and try some favorite small-town eateries. Just by driving a few miles, you could find some delicious hidden gems.
From steaks to seafood, chislic to chicken, these are out-of-the-way unexpected finds that will make your taste buds tingle.
Here's a list of 14 Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants within 90 minutes of Sioux Falls.
LOOK: 10 Reasons to Visit the South Dakota Badlands
Returning from a weekend trip to Rapid City, South Dakota for state basketball tournaments we decided to visit the Badlands National Park
A quick turn-off I-90 will take you into some of the most awe-inspiring scenery.
It's also fun to note that several big-screen movies were filmed in the Badlands. Dances With Wolves, Starship Troopers, Armageddon,
and most recently, Academy Award winner, Nomadland.
It's a spectacular park with tons to do. If you're setting out on a hike, bring lots of water and sign the hikers' logs at the trailheads. It could save your life. It's a tough place to survive.
Here are 10 facts about the Badlands: