Colorado History

Go on the Road With Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady

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Evan Semón
Jack Kerouac first visited Denver in 1947. Ten years later, he commemorated that trip in On the Road.
Jack Kerouac, who would have celebrated his 100th anniversary on March 12, visited Denver for the first time in 1947. He’d been told by a friend at Columbia University that he should meet up with Neal Cassady, a legendary free spirit, raconteur and troublemaker. Kerouac was only in town for ten days that time, but the Mile High City made a lasting impression on him, and its sights and sounds — not to mention Cassady, transformed into Dean Moriarty — figure prominently in On the Road, his most enduring work. Here are just some of the spots where Cassady and Kerouac hung out in Denver.