Did you know the creator of the Peanuts cartoon, Charles Schulz, was actually born and raised in Saint Paul, and lived in Minneapolis before moving to northern California. This is one of the reasons why Snoopy and the Peanuts gang have been so popular here in the Twin Cities.
When the Mall of America opened in 1992, the indoor amusement park was called Knott’s Camp Snoopy. The entire park had a Peanuts them with Peanuts characters stationed all around the park. Sadly in 2006 they were unable to reach a deal to continue using the Peanuts, so they were removed and the park was renamed Nickelodeon Universe.
In 2011, Valleyfair Amusement park in Shakopee picked up the Snoopy theme and now has Planet Snoopy with the Peanuts characters all around. Planet Snoopy features the Peanuts gang, and is the part of the park for younger children.
Starting in 2000, in a tribute to Schulz’s characters, 101 five-foot-tall Snoopy statues were placed throughout St. Paul, they called it Peanuts on Parade. Shortly after, in 2001, more statues were displayed at the Mall of America for a summer exhibit called Charlie Brown Around Town. There were three more exhibits held at the Mall of America – in 2002: Looking for Lucy, in 2003: Linus Blankets St. Paul, in 2004: Dog House Days of Summer. At the end of each summer the statues were auctioned off, but about 20% of them can still be found throughout the Twin Cities. Many companies, businesses and private cities purchased the statues and have them on display. Many can be found outdoors and some are in buildings.
Originally, there were:
· 101 Snoopy statues
· 103 Charlie Brown statues
· 109 Lucy statues
· 91 Linus statues
· 104 Snoopy Dog House statues
Looking for a fun “scavenger hunt” for adults, kids, or all ages? See how many of these statues you can find around the Twin Cities!