Come and see evidence from the cases of the 1980 “666 Lottery Fix”, or The Mountain Man of Shade Gap. Pennsylvania State Police Museum has the mission of interpreting and preserving Pennsylvania State Police’s rich history and heritage. It is atop the hill at 187 Police Academy Drive, Hershey PA a few minutes from Hersheypark. Next to the museum is the State Police Academy.
Entering the museum the gift shop has typical souvenir items available for purchase. Within the museum are several exhibits.
In the Line of Duty
A ‘Wall of Honor’ identifies names of 1,850 troopers giving their lives dating back a century.
Crime and Punishment
This display identifies some of the state polices most infamous investigations.
The Mountain Man of Shade Gap, received media fame in 1966. Mountain Man was William Hollenbaugh also know as ‘Bicycle Pete’ a former mental patient and paranoid schizophrenic. He kidnapped 17-year-old Peggy Ann Bradnick at gunpoint when exiting her school bus. Over an eight-day siege he wounded a deputy sheriff and killed an FBI agent.
The episode ended by ‘Bicycle Pete’ being killed in a gun battle with police. Peggy Ann was returned to her family dehydrated but in good physical condition. The display has Pete’s bicycle used in the crime.
The 1980 “666 Lottery Fix”.
The exhibit shows the case that became the basis for the John Travolta ‘Lucky Numbers’ movie.
September 11,201 Exhibit
This display acknowledges the tragic day with a piece of a steel beams from the World Trade Center. There are photos and letters from the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville.
Dissecting the Crime
This is a kid favorite attraction, an interactive Crime Scene Forensics Exhibit. It allows visitors to investigate a homicide using fingerprint and ballistic techniques.
Museum tour hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Closed weekends and holidays
Pennsylvania State Police was created by a state legislation act with Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker signing into law in 1905. Today the uniformed force has 4,677 law officers with over 1600 support staff. The first organization of its kind in the country, the police force became a role model for other states.
Milton S. Hershey founded the community of Hershey PA in 1903. It was planned and built as a comfortable industrial community, current population of 14,257. Hershey is 14 miles east of Harrisburg, 9 miles north of Middletown, and 11 miles north of Elizabethtown.
Harrisburg, the ninth largest city in Pennsylvania has a population of 49,673. It is east of the Susquehanna River and 105 miles west-northwest of Philadelphia. In 2010 Forbes Magazine named Harrisburg as the second best place to raise a family in the U.S.
Hershey PA is a 4.5 hour drive of 278 miles from Rochester NY. Drive south from Rochester on US 390 to Corning then drive south on route 15 through Pennsylvania to Harrisburg. Then drive route 322 to Hershey.
Police are unsung heroes that are taken for granted until we need them.