Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been amused by the pictures of the Peanuts characters that line the bridge over Wilbur Avenue in Tarzana. Good grief! How did they get there?


Photograph courtesy icanwritefunny.blogspot.com

Thirteen lifesize panels featuring Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang were welded to the bridge when it was built in 1969 to protect children from the floodwaters that swept through Tarzana in the era before storm drains. Charles Schulz signed off on the drawings, and these days the City of Los Angeles keeps them looking fresh.

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Nichols joined Los Angeles magazine in 2000. He writes the Ask Chris column and brings a historical perspective to the magazine with pieces on lost neon, vintage road trips, and stylish Angelenos living in the past. He has been involved in historic preservation for 25 years working to save the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Los Angeles. His book The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister won the Independent Publishers award in 2008.Got a burning question about life in L.A.? Chris Nichols has an answer. Want an urban myth debunked? Need to settle a wager? E-mail your questions to [email protected]