Looking southwest down Chocolate Avenue, 1976.
|Other name(s)||U.S. Route 422|
|East end||Pennsylvania Route 3017|
|West end||Hersheypark Drive|
|South||East Governor Road|
Chocolate Avenue is a street in Hershey, Pennsylvania, that runs past the site of the original Hershey's Chocolate Factory, and is considered to be the main street of the town. It runs northeasterly from Hersheypark Drive to the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 3017 (Lingle Avenue), at which point the road crosses into Lebanon County and continues as Main Street in Palmyra Borough. Most of Chocolate Avenue is a segment of U.S. Route 422.
Chocolate Avenue was one of the first two streets built in the town of Hershey by Milton Hershey when he built up the town for his chocolate empire; the other was Cocoa Avenue, which intersects Chocolate Avenue to form the town square.
The name of the street was selected by Milton Hershey himself. He picked names for many streets in the town that related to chocolate.
Chocolate Avenue is known for its street lamps that are shaped like Hershey's Kisses. These unique lamps were first erected in 1963. Some of the kisses are shown as being wrapped, and some as unwrapped, alternating between these two designs. These lamps can also be found on Park Avenue. In 1990, the need to replace the wrappers for the lamps became noticeable.
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