Boott Mills & Canal

Open homeroom window in Lowell, rose morn and birds upon the Boott Mill Canal… (‘Maggie Cassidy’ p. 50 Penguin Classics Edition)

Aiken Street, Lowell

‘Untying myself, I walked¬† through the little bush patch behind the house and came to the parapets of the sandbank overlooking the rooftops afar. I could see Aiken Street, the Aiken Street bridge, the river, the mills, and the hills beyond; …’ (Jack Kerouac Selected Letters 1940-1956, p.295)

The Lowell Sun

Jack Kerouac worked as a sports reporter for The Lowell Sun for a short period in 1941 after leaving Columbia University

Pollard Memorial Library

Lowell’s Library, needless to remark that Kerouac visited it often throughout his life I guess

Happy 90th Birthday, Jack

This post doesn’t fit 100% with the theme of my blog, at least as far as I’m aware this particular spot in Lowell didn’t have a special significance to him, but what the heck, it’s his birthday as I’m writing this. R.I.P.

Moody Street, Lowell

A view down Moody Street, coming over the Textile Memorial Bridge, which was the way Kerouac most probably took when walking from the family’s various homes in Pawtucketville towards downtown Lowell. It’s also mentioned in a number of his books, mostly the ones dealing with his childhood, such as ‘Maggie Cassidy’ and ‘Vanity Of Dulouz’

The Merrimack River seen from Moody Street Bridge

‘The town is Galloway. The Merrimack River, broad and placid, flows down to it from the New Hampshire hills, broken at the falls to make frothy havoc on the rocks, foaming on over ancient stone … (The opening lines of ‘The Town And The City’, Galloway is the name Jack Kerouac gave to his hometown … Continue reading

Pawtucketville Social Club

Jack’s father Leo used to run the Pawtucketville Social Club for a period in Jack’s youth. For more information about the club visit: http://ecommunity.uml.edu/francolowellma/socialclubs/pawtucketville.htm  

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