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The History of Hersheypark

This section of the website is all about Hersheypark. This is how the website began – as a supplement to the Hersheypark History Group on Facebook. While I’ve expanded the scope of this website to other amusement parks, I will be primarily focused on the history of Hersheypark.

In The Park [crop]Hersheypark dates back to 1903 when the town of Hershey was created by Milton S. Hershey. Construction of the park didn’t begin until 1905, after the Hershey Chocolate factory was completed and in operation. Some had said 1905 was the first year of Hersheypark’s true existence – even in Hersheypark documents from as far back as 1929. Since the early 1950s, Hersheypark’s opening date has been April 24, 1907. However, articles from 1906 specifically mention “The Opening of Hershey Park” as May 30, 1906, just 25 days after the first open-air event occurred in Hershey – the first baseball game at the ballfield and grandstand which is where the Carrousel in Hersheypark currently stands.

Click here to read articles about Hersheypark.

Click here to see the Hersheypark Library subsection of the site which contains a timeline of the park, maps, a list of rides, and more!

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