When Hersheypark opened for the 1971 season on April 18, 1971, things were quite different. The park was gated, and there were five entrances around the park’s perimeter. Even the name of the park was different, as the park went from being named “Hershey Park” as two words, to one word: “Hersheypark.” (I’ll be writing more articles about Hersheypark in 1971 and 1972 in the future.)
One thing Hersheypark did not do this season was produce a map of the park.
As a result, I recently decided to make my own version of a 1971 map of the park. This hypothetical map is based off the map the park produced in 1972. The work that went into making this was pretty intensive, but it was a lot of fun.
The hardest part was definitely putting Miniature Railroad on the map.
Here is my map of Hersheypark, 1971.
This is a hypothetical Hersheypark map of the way the park was in 1971. I made this map based off the 1972 map, which was the first one Hersheypark produced.
Episode 3 of the In The Park video series is about the 1973 Hersheypark Rack Brochure which includes a map of the park. This is the same style map that is used in 1974, as well.
Here are pictures of the brochure so anyone can get a better look at it. If you want to look at the map in better detail, click here.
Front of brochure
Hersheypark 73…A Happy Experience!
Info on Chocolate World
Back of brochure
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. Minnich & Son, Inc. The map of the Park used in this advertisement was from 1973, and was printed in a special section celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Hersheypark in The Patriot-News on July 4, 1976.