Hart W. Van Denburg

Cassady’s Denver

Long before he was the muse for Jack Kerouac in “On The Road,” the Merry Pranksters’ bus driver, and “Cowboy Neal” to the Grateful Dead, Beat literature icon Neal Cassady grew up dirt poor on the streets of pre-World War II Denver. He was the son of a wino who couldn’t hold down his own barber shop business, and a long-suffering mother who threw Neal Sr. out of their home.