Colorado Journals

Literary Colorado

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An April 2004 trip to Colorado by John Lamb

My Brothers Bar Photo, Denver, Colorado More Photos
Quote: This journal is for visitors to Colorado who are looking for sites devoted to literature. All entries look at places that have literary significance, from places frequented by Jack Kerouac to living authors like Hunter S. Thompson.

Stanley Hotel

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Hotel | "Stanley Hotel - Estes Park - King"

Stanley Hotel Photo, Estes Park, Colorado
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This is the hotel that drew the inspiration for Stephen King's book The Shining. As you drive into Estes Park, you can see why. The beautiful, classic hotel sits perched on a hill overlooking the mountains and the city. Stephen King wrote half of his novel here and used the hotel as the setting for his horror novel. F.O. Stanley, inventor of the steamer, started construction for the hotel in 1906. It was finished in 1909 and even had its on hydroelectric plant built just to power the hotel. He even had phones put in every room. This hotel was quite luxurious for its time and even still is today. Stephen King wrote half of The Shining in room 217. He names the hotel...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Stanley Hotel
333 Wonderview Ave.
Estes Park, Colorado 80517
(970) 577-4000

My Brother's Bar

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Restaurant | "My Brother's Bar - Denver - Kerouac"

My Brother's Bar Photo, Denver, Colorado
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There is no sign outside marking this bar. It is on southeastern corner of the street, right across from Shakerspeare's Pub. This is the oldest bar in Denver still serving alcohol on the original site. The place hasn't changed much since the ‘30s. This is the bar where Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac used to drink each other under the table. Cassady's older brother was a bartender here in the ‘40s and ‘50s. When Kerouac was living in Denver during many of his trips across the U.S., he and Cassady would come here often to drink and talk. In fact, in the eighties, the bar owner found a discarded letter from Cassady in a reformatory asking a friend to pay the bar tab at My Brother's Bar. You c...Read More

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My Brother's Bar
2376 15th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
+1 303 455 9991

Woody Creek Tavern

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Restaurant | "Woody Creek Tavern - Aspen - Thompson"

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Welcome to Gonzo land! This is the famous bar where Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist, hangs out. He lives near here and has frequented this bar for years. If you come the right night, you might even get a chance to see him. The inside is covered and papered with photographs. There are lost of photos of the bar's famous patron, including one he has drawn a moustache and devil horns on. It feels like a dive bar, but is clean and friendly. There is a nice mix of locals and tourists. The waitstaff is friendly and helpful. The menu is mainly Mexican food and steaks. We had the nachos, which were piled with beans, meat, sour cream, etc. They are also famous for their real key lim...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Woody Creek Tavern
0002 Woody Creek Plaza
Woody Creek, Colorado 81656
(970) 923-4585

Tattered Cover Book Store

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Attraction

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The Tattered Cover is the best place to hear living authors read their works. There are two locations in Denver. There is the original Cherry Creek location across from the Cherry Creek Mall at 2955 East First Avenue (make sure to ask the desk to validate your parking). There is also the newer location in LoDo (address listed above). Both are three stories of all the books you could imagine. I prefer the LoDo Tattered Cover. It is in a beautiful old, brick building. The reading room is quite large and can hold up to two hundred people. The walls are covered with past authors, anyone from Kurt Vonnegut to James Carter. There have been some famous authors that have come through town. I have...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 3, 2004

Tattered Cover Book Store
1628 16th Street
Denver, Colorado
(303) 629-1704

Pawnee National Grassland

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Attraction | "Pawnee National Grasslands - Michner"

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James Michener used to teach at UNC in Greeley. Being inspired by the region and the history he wrote Centennial, a sprawling novel that covers Colorado's history from dinosaurs to the 1970s. The book was turned into a miniseries in 1978 and filmed in the region. In fact the fictional town of Centennial was created out of a small town named Orchard near Fort Morgan. There is not much there, but parts are recognizable if you are familiar with the series. Through all this, one of the central environments depicted in Centennial is the Pawnee Buttes. Before irrigation, settlers discovered most of the Midwest was covered with short grass. These grasses were an important food for the buffalo. H...Read More

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Pawnee National Grassland
2150 Centre Avenue
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
(970) 295-6600