For over 40 years, local children have walked to school with Charlie Brown, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. The Wilbur Avenue Bridge was built in 1971 to help schoolchildren cross safely from the west side to the east side of Wilbur Avenue.
The bridge received its 12 life-sized Peanuts cartoon sheet metal panels when a member of Tarzana’s School’s PTA convinced Charles Schulz to donate drawings of Charlie Brown and his friends.
Each of the panels is five feet tall and range from about three to eight feet in width and Schulz’s name is signed within each of the images, rather than on the edge of the panels. The City of Los Angeles keeps them securely bolted in place and looking fresh.
Courtesy of Valley Relics Museum.