Okay, so I’m only kidding on that. I actually started the Hersheypark History Group on February 29, 2012. It’s really four years old, but this is the first time we could acknowledge the anniversary on the actual date. This image was the first image I posted to the Hersheypark History Group when I made this
Author: Harry Michelson
Printed on May 7, 1972, in The Patriot-News, was a special section all about the grand opening of the new Hersheypark (although it was renamed a year earlier in 1971). What I’m sharing here is what was on the front page of that special section and what is one of the first prominent appearances of
If you’re interested in seeing how Hersheypark evolved between the 70s and 80s, here is a video showing the maps of the park for every season between 1972 and 1988 (with the exception of 1976, because a map was never produced that season – as far as I know as of this time).
For Throwback Thursday, here’s an advertisement printed on July 4, 1976, from the construction services companies that worked for Hersheypark during the the 1970s renovations. They were congratulating Hersheypark on its 70th anniversary. The construction services companies seen here are: H.B. Alexander & Son, Inc., Kimbob, Inc., G.R. Sponaugle & Sons, Inc., and John B.
Here is a great video I found that was in the public domain. This was cut from a larger video, but this is all of what was filmed in Hersheypark on June 23, 1975! This provides great views of the park that everyone can enjoy!