Thursday, January 12, 2017
It's been a few months, but Ken Martinez is back with more scans from his collection of vintage amusement park postcards! Here's Ken:
Hershey Park before it was Hersheypark
If you love amusement parks, the State of Pennsylvania is a great place to start. There’s Kennywood, Lake Compounce, Dorney Park and Hersheypark. In today’s post Hershey Park is featured. For those who’ve wondered why there are two different spellings for the park, the park was known as “Hershey Park” during its traditional park era and changed to Hersheypark” in 1970 when it went through redevelopment changing it into a modern theme park..
Featured here is the “Lost River” attraction water ride. This attraction existed as the “Old Mill” from 1929 to 1962. Then for the 1963 season it was remodeled with an African theme and named “Lost River”. This lasted until 1972 when a strong hurricane ripped through the area damaging the attraction beyond repair. It was replaced the following season by an Arrow Water Flume called “Coal Cracker. The main footprint that the “Lost River” existed on is now the site of the B&M inverted coaster “The Great Bear”.
Turnpike rides seemed to have sprung up all over the U.S. after the success of Disneyland’s Autopia and like Disneyland, Hersheypark had five different turnpike rides throughout its history. The first one was the “Kiddie Turnpike” complete with bus bar. Pictured here is the third turnpike attraction at the park simply known as “Turnpike”. The load area had a toll booth theme and there were two bridges that crossed over Spring Creek. (Notice there is no guide rail on the turnpike road). The “Turnpike” operated from 1960 to 1973. It’s the “Twin Turnpike - Classic Cars” and “Twin Turnpike - Speedway” sponsored by Sunoco that operate at Hersheypark today. The bridges of the old “Turnpike” were converted to pedestrian bridges after closing.
One of the things I love about the older parks is their older midway rides, but they seem to be disappearing along with the sky rides. Here we have the “Tip-Top” which operated at the park from 1966 to 1979. If I remember correctly, the platform rotates and lifts up and down at an angle while you spin your individual ride vehicle. By the way, all three of today’s postcards feature the attractions in the area known as “Comet Hollow” at the time Hershey Park was known as a traditional park.
Hope you enjoyed today’s vintage visit to Hershey Park!
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Thank you Ken! I lived near Hershey when I was a kid and had some great times at that park.
Stay tuned for more vintage postcards next week!