W 114th Street Fraternity Houses

Kerouac lived in 538 W 114th Street (the slightly darker, second from left building) for a time, but wasn’t too keen on the fraternity rules, perhaps unsurprisingly. Allen Ginsberg lived for a short while in 536 W 114th Street (the building with the sports shirt in the first floor window),  and worked on ‘The Denver … Continue reading

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’

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

The Jack Kerouac Birthplace

Back of 6, Lupine Road

Lupine Rd, Lowell, MA

Looking northwest, towards Dracut Looking southeast, towards Centralville Tree opposite the house Jack Kerouac was born in Entrance to Lupine Rd. from Fred St.

Entering Lowell / Entering Dracut

Kerouac’s home turf in the first few years of his life when the family lived in Centralville, the house he was born in on Lupine Rd is just a few streets away from where these photographs were taken.

Submarine Signal Building

West End, Boston, MA. I am not sure which function exactly this building served in its time, but given the name ‘Submarine Signal Building’ I had to think about Kerouac going to Greenland on the SS Dorchester in 1942 and his fear of being hit by a Torpedo fired from a German submarine (as described … Continue reading

So we sailed south from Nova Scotia and to my surprise, instead of hitting Boston Harbor…

… we suddenly woke up one morning and saw, in the fog, the good old Statue Of Liberty (Vanity Of Dulouz, p. 141 Paladin 1990 edition) Boston Harbor Statue Of Liberty from Staten Island Ferry Here’s another photo from streets in the vicinity of Boston Harbor, I can picture Kerouac strolling along here quite nicely