x
Breaking News
More () »

Charles Schulz based 'Peanuts' character on Colorado Springs woman

It’s time to take a closer look at the interesting history of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Today we’ll learn about the impact of Colorado Springs on cartoonist Charles “Peanuts” Schulz and learn why it’s Marksheffel Road and not Mark Sheffel Road.

>> The video above aired August 15, 2019, about Charlie Brown, The history behind Denver's oldest piano bar

Springs connection to ‘Peanuts’

Charles Schulz, the creator of beloved cartoon characters Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty, was born and raised in Minnesota and eventually settled in California. However, he did spend a year living in Colorado Springs, at a home at 2321 N. El Paso St., close to the Patty Jewett Golf Course.

Schulz and his family moved to Colorado Springs in 1951. He rented office space downtown in an effort to overcome writer’s block. The first collection of “Peanuts” comic strips wasn't published until July 1952, so the artist hadn’t had success with his invention yet.

While at his office, he bumped into Philip Van Pelt. While the two didn’t know each other, they recognized one another from when they served in the Army 20th Armored Division and soon began spending a lot of time together.

>> Read the full story on the Denver Gazette

RELATED: Live musical theater returns in Colorado

RELATED: Charlie Brown holiday specials to air on TV, after all, in PBS deal

SUGGESTED VIDEOS: Local stories from 9NEWS 

MORE WAYS TO GET 9NEWS 

Subscribe to our daily 9NEWSLETTER for top stories from 9NEWS curated daily just for you. Get content and information right now for can’t-miss stories, Next and Broncos content, weather and more delivered right to your inbox.   

DOWNLOAD THE 9NEWS APP 


iTunes: http://on9news.tv/itunes
Google Play: http://on9news.tv/1lWnC5n  

HOW TO ADD THE 9NEWS APP TO YOUR STREAMING DEVICE 

ROKU: add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching for KUSA. 

For both Apple TV and Fire TV, search for "9news" to find the free app to add to your account. Another option for Fire TV is to have the app delivered directly to your Fire TV through Amazon.