Kerouac family home on Phebe Avenue, Lowell

The Kerouac family live in the pale blue house on the right (Nr.16) from 1932 to 1935 (Thanks to Dave Moore for providing the exact dates) The Kerouac home in 1932  (the building on the right of the photo) Phebe Avenue, looking northeast towards Dracut

University Avenue Shops

Nice to think of a teenage Kerouac having a bite to eat or going to buy stuff in of the shops that occupied these buildings in his time. University Avenue in Pawtucketville was on his way from the family’s various residences in the late 1930’s (and early 1940’s when Kerouac’s family moved back to Lowell … Continue reading

Textile Institute, Lowell

Kerouac wrote about the then ‘Lowell Textile Institute’, which is now part of the University of Massachusetts, in a number of his books, especially ‘Maggie Casssidy’ – no wonder, since he had to pass it on the way from the house on Phoebe Avenue the family lived in for some time, on the way to … Continue reading

The Merrimack River

The Merrimack River, as seen from the downtown side of Lowell and Bridge Street. It did capture Kerouac’s imagination (as it did with Henry David Thoreau before, who wrote his short story ‘A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers in 1949) throughout his life and especially as a kid. But it was also responsible … Continue reading