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Thursday, April 24, 2014

TBT Throw Back Thursday This Day in History: Hersheypark Opens

Another TBT, Throw Back Thursday, means another chance to learn some fun tidbits about history. And, today in TBT, "tidbits" might include delicious chocolate.

This day in history, in 1907, Hershey Park was founded by Milton S. Hershey. It was originally intended to be used exclusively by his employees. According to Hershey history, the park opened on April 24 with a baseball game.

Today, it is a thriving tourist hot spot in Pennsylvania.

Before you visit, it would be fun to learn a little bit about the product that put Hershey and Hershey Park on the map for this day in history.

Some interesting facts about Hershey include:

Milton S. Hershey only completed the 4th grade
He was the only surviving child of his parents
The original appeal of the Hershey Park was its simplicity
A merry-go-round was the first ride at the park
The ampitheatre was described as a "model of excellence" and considered to be one of the most acoustically perfect buildings of similar structures.

Read more about a brief history of chocolate from the Smithsonian.


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