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North Pole is a small hamlet located in the town of Wilmington within Essex County, New York, United States in the Adirondack Mountains.HistoryAccording to Tauny, Santa’s Workshop, which was designed to look like Santa’s village, opened July 1, 1949 in Essex County, NY in Adirondack Park as America’s first theme park. North Pole NY, Home of Santa’s Workshop states that the concept of the park was originated by Julian Reiss, a Lake Placid businessman. He had once told his daughter about the magical North Pole where Santa Clause lived. when she then asked him to visit Santa’s summer home, but since he was unable to fulfill her request to take her there, he bought some land and began to make her dream a reality. The concept of the park originated from a storybook about the year-round frozen North Pole with legendary characters and animals, and so with the help of Arto Monaco, who was hired to sketch the park, and Harold Fortune, who contributed to the construction of the park, the village was underway and almost a reality. When the park finally opened, on July 1, 1949, there were only a total of 212 visitors, but the park was featured in daily newspapers across the US and Canada, and two years later, on September 2, 1951, had a single-day record of over 14,000 guests. Not only is this theme park the oldest in the nation, but it was also the first to have a petting zoo, was assigned its own zip code, and launched tourism in America. After the opening of the park, the developers felt that in order to exemplify the true meaning of Christmas they needed to give back in the community. They deliver gifts to underprivileged children in upstate New York, and within six years of being opened, they were able to expand the Christmas spirit across 13 states, DC, and two provinces of Canada. The park became a public favorite because it was so unique. Crowds would get up to 10,000 in the summer, even though the park is quite small. The park only has one roller coaster but has twelve other attractions to visit.
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