In the first-ever—published in just seven newspapers on Oct. 2, 1950—hero Charlie Brown gets insulted by two kids who look a little like the characters we’ve come to know as Sherman and Patty. No Snoopy, no Woodstock, not even a zig-zag on Charlie Brown’s shirt.
It’s hard to see muchin that strip either—cartoonist Charles M. Schulz grew up in Minnesota—but the Golden State played a big role in the strip over the years, primarily because Schulz made ( and then ) his home from 1958 until his death in 2000. Signs of Snoopy and the gang still thrive, though, at these spots across California:
Santa Rosa and Petaluma, Sonoma County
Not far from the studio where he penned the strip daily, Schulz helped create theto showcase his drawings, the TV specials, memorabilia, and a replica of that working studio. Make time to ice skate across the street at , and enjoy some hot cocoa at . Check the museum’s for cool events, like cartooning classes for kids, or the wine-tasting and sketching evenings for grown-ups known as Friday Night at the Schulz.
While you’re in Sonoma County, check out the self-guided tour that takes you past Peanuts statues around town, or explore , the farm-to-table town that used to host the World Wristwrestling Championship (which, in the comic strip, once disqualified Snoopy for lacking thumbs).
Buena Park, Orange County
Aside from its origins as a berry farm stand and Wild West attraction, Peanuts Headquarters (across from the restaurant) for an expansive selection of Peanuts plush dolls, DVDs of the TV specials, and t-shirts celebrating characters from Lucy to Pig Pen.has had a long association with the Peanuts gang: Its little-kid-friendly area has Peanut-themed rides (such as the Linus Launcher), , and live shows such as . Stop outside the park at the
Needles, San Bernardino County
Snoopy’s skinny brother Spike, who made occasional appearances in the comic strip, lived in this off Route 66, where Schulz’s family briefly lived themselves, decades earlier. Today, check out the remains of the and bask in Spike's remote home among the dunes and caverns of the nearby .