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pollard memorial library

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Formerly known as the Lowell Public Library, this library has been open since 1845. Jack Kerouac used to skip school at least once a week to read books by Shakespeare, Victor Hugo, William Penn, and scholarly books on chess.

From Maggie Casidy:
"It was how I'd become interested in old classical looking library books, some of them falling apart and from the darkest shelf in the Lowell Public Library, found there by me in my overshoes at closing time."

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jack kerouac’s last house

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Jack Kerouac was living in this home with his third wife, Stella, and his mother when he suffered an internal hemorrhage caused by cirrhosis. He died on October 21, 1969 at the age of 47.

The house has remained essentially the same since the time his mother died in 1972. Today, some efforts are being made to salvage the house and turn it into a museum or writer's retreat.

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haslam’s book store

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One of the largest independent bookstores in the Southeast, Haslam's was frequented by Jack Kerouac as he spent the last years of his life in St. Petersburg. Kerouac apparently disapproved of the alphabetical placement of his books on the bottom shelf, so he would move them up to eye level.

Although some people claim that Kerouac's ghost still haunts the store, a cat named Teacup guards steadfastly against intruders, both physical and supernatural.

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the flamingo bar

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Jack Kerouac used to frequent this bar as he wound down the last few years of his life in St. Petersburg, FL. Supposedly, he came here for his last night out before he died from an internal hemorrhage.

The Flamingo Bar has an ongoing Jack Kerouac special for $2.25: rot-gut whiskey and a draft beer.

The bar is decorated with Jack Kerouac memorabilia and host an annual Jack Kerouac Night with music performances and readings.

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