Sometimes Way out of town, say miles out on East Colfax, Cody, waiting for a bus, or a ride …

The above quote is taken from page 109 of ‘Visions Of Cody’ (Flamingo Modern Classic Edition), but East Colfax Avenue is mentioned quite a few times throughout the book. I had a little walk on East Colfax Avenue and found it not especially nice, but I can see the appeal to Kerouac with its myriad … Continue reading

Pretty Mink Secretaries of 17th Street

‘… outside his windows, which are gleaming red in the mad Denver afternoon, young assistants of state senators and pretty mink secretaries of 17th Street are rushing by…’ (Visions Of Cody, p. 113 Flamingo Modern Classic edition). The area around Larimer Street probably looked much different in Kerouac’s days, I didn’t see any of the … Continue reading

Colorado State Capitol

Kerouac mentions the State Capitol in both ‘Windblown World’ (‘Last night I saw bats flapping about the Golden Dome of the State Capitol’) and ‘Visions Of Cody’, where he calls it ‘… the big dumb Capitol building’ (I suppose he doesn’t take that literally, as he calls the undoubtedly beloved downtown streets of Denver ‘dumb’ … Continue reading

What’s all this brownness of light in the railroad station …

… damn damn damn. That’s Denver I always told Pa I wanted – … (Visions Of Cody p111-112 Flamingo Modern Classic Edition) Benches inside Denver Union Station Denver Union Station interior Note the date on the bottom of the right menu ‘Wednesday, November 2, 1949′ (the year Kerouac lived in Denver for a few months) … Continue reading