Kerouac's Denver

View a 1940 Denver roadmap

"I said to myself, Wow! What'll Denver by like! I got on that hot road, and off I went in a brand-new car driven by a Denver businessman of about thirty-five.  He went seventy.  I tingled all over; I counted minutes and subtracted miles.  Just ahead, over the rolling wheatfields all golden beneath the distant snow of Estes, I'd be seeing old Denver at last.  I pictured myself in a Denver bar that night, with all the gang, and their eyes I would be strange and ragged and like the Prophet who has walked across the land to bring the dark Word, and only World I had was "Wow!"  The man and I had along, warm conversation about our respective schemes in life, and before I knew it we were going over the wholesale fruitmarkets outside Denver; there were smokestacks, smoke, railyards, red-brick buildings, and the distant downtown graystone buildings, and here I was in Denver.  He let me off at Larimer Street.  I stumbled along with the most wicked grin of joy in the world, among the old bums and beat cowboys of Larimer Street (35)."

Two Views of Larimer Street

Larimer Street in the Rain

Dean Cassidy in Denver


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