Larimer St. Market, Denver

There is no direct reference to this building or a shop called Larimer St. Market I know of in any of Kerouac’s books, but knowing him and his writings it’s all too easy to picture him, Neal Cassady or ‘Old Dean Moriarty’ (aka Neal Cassady’s father) getting their cigarettes and other supplies in here…

J.J. Green Company

Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady are talking about the ‘J.J. Green Company’ at 1923 Market Street, Denver in one of the long conversations that Kerouac recorded on tape and that are featured in ‘Visions Of Cody’ (p.209 Flamingo  Modern Classic edition).  The building set back from the street on the left of the first photograph … 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

Then the train came

… As I write this at midnight now she’s somewhere near Omaha. (Windblown World, p.202) He’s talking about his mum who, at that time (July 1949), left Denver again where Kerouac had bought a house for the whole family – his mum didn’t like Denver, so she left for New York with him following later … Continue reading

I eat sandwiches (now down to bread and boiled eggs) in Omaha doorway

… facing Missouri River Street down by warehouses… (Visions Of Cody) This photo was taken in the Old Market area in Omaha, Nebraska which is, from what I can say based on my limited knowledge of the city, the focus of life with lots of bars, restaurants, shops etc. which you find rarely in the … Continue reading

Sacramento Locomotive Works

Sacramento, CA I noticed the Southern Pacific name on the building immediately, as, like I mentioned previously in an older post, Kerouac  and Neal   well as Al Hinkle, worked for the company for a while, and Kerouac was very much preoccupied with the company and it is mentioned repeatedly throughout his books.  As the … Continue reading

… – Wendover, Wells, Elko, Winnemucca, Lovelock, …

… stopping all the time and I walk and dig all over, and it’s deathly cold in Nevady (Visions Of Cody, p 144 Flamingo Modern Classic Edition)

Over Donner Pass And Down To Fogs Of California, Colfax, Auburn, Roseville …

Donner Pass, Sierra Nevada Colfax, CA Roseville, CA The title of this post is taken from Kerouac’s ‘Visions Of Cody’ (page 144, Flamingo Modern Classic Edition)

Truckee, California

‘Home in old Medora, home in old Truckee…’ ‘… up the mountain and home in Truckee, just like Lowell, gingerbread houses and five foot snow…’ (Visions Of Cody, p144)

Kerouac Climbing The Matterhorn in The Dharma Bums

Just had to think about the climbing trip Kerouac describes in ‘The Dharma Bums’ when going from Sacramento towards Truckee on the California Zephyr and watching the magnificent landscape of the Sierra Nevada roll by. The mountain they climbed in the book was called ‘Matterhorn’, but as far as I’m aware that mountain doesn’t actually … Continue reading