Hershey is a small town in rural Lincoln County Nebraska. The 2005 population estimate for Hershey is 568.
While the first Union Pacific Railroad tracks were laid in 1867, it wasn't until 1892 that the farmers and ranchers met to organize a town site company so they could have a post office and a railroad siding from which they could ship hay and potatoes. The town was named in honor of one of the owners of the Paxton & Hershey Land and Cattle Company, J.H. Hershey, originally from Pennsylvania. It wasn't until 1909 that Hershey was incorporated as a village.
The primary means of getting to Hershey is Interstate 80, which runs east-west; Highway 30, named the Lincoln Highway Scenic Byway, runs east-west. Lincoln is 3.5 hours east on I-80; Cheyenne is 3.5 hours west on I-80; Denver is 3.5 hours west on I-80 and I-76.
A car makes life easier, but the village is small enough that you can walk anywhere you need to go.
- American Legion Hall. This historic hall has recently been restored by an enterprising and energetic group of local activists.
- North Platte/Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 219 S. Dewey, ☎ , toll-free: . The CVB maintains a comprehensive list of attractions, events, lodging and dining establishments in all of Lincoln County.
- The Hershey Fall Festival. Held annually in August, usually around the third weekend. The celebration features a parade, community picnic, and a dance "under the stars and between the bars".
- Western Convenience Stores, 814 N. Spur 56C, ☎ . A large truck stop at the Hershey I-80 interchange. It features a great cafe, truck wash and convenience store.
- Rivers Edge Ranch Supply (Right at the junction of I-80 and Spur 56C (I-80 Exit 164)), ☎ . Western wear, tack and ranch supplies.
- Gary's Super Foods, Lincoln Ave, ☎ . Nostalgic home town grocery store.
- Home Lumber & Supply, 200 West Railroad, ☎ . The name says it all.
- Butch's Steakhouse & Lounge, 121 West First St, ☎ . One of Lincoln County's favorite restaurants. Featuring great home cooking.
- Western Convenience Cafe, 814 N. Spur 56C, ☎ . The restaurant in the Western Convenience truck stop near Interstate 80. Open 24 hours, it is a great place for breakfast after closing the bar.
- Jay-Jayz, North Spur Road 56C (I-80 exit #164), ☎ .
- The Bar, 101 West First St, ☎ . Creative name. Or maybe with a name like that, it's supposed to be "The Hershey Bar." Anyway, popular local watering hole.
- Jay-Jayz Campground, North Spur Road 56C (I-80 exit 164), ☎ .
- Spring Crane Migration. One of the greatests migratory spectacles in the world, millions of Sandhill cranes converge on the river bottoms and corn fields between Hershey and North Platte from mid-March through about April first. If there hasn't been a lot of rain or snow, the gravel roads north of town will get you up close and personal with these beautiful creatures. Pull to the side of the road and watch the show, just don't venture on to private property.
|Routes through Hershey|
|Cheyenne ← Sutherland ←||W E||→ North Platte → Omaha|
|Cheyenne ← Sutherland ←||W E||→ North Platte → Grand Island|