“[I] worked awhile in the wholesale fruit market where I almost got hired in 1947 - the hardest job of my life; at one point the Japanese kids and I had to move a whole boxcar a hundred feet down the rail by hand with a jack-gadget that made it move a quarter-inch with each yank. I lugged watermelon crates over the ice floor of reefers into the blazing sun, sneezing. In God’s name and under the stars, what for?”
-Jack Kerouac, On the Road.
The Denargo Produce Market located @ 3325 Denargo St. Denver, CO (formerly 2901 Broadway).
Jack Kerouac worked at the Denargo Produce Market for one full day in 1947 before he was asked not to return. I don’t know what sort of clerical error led to his rehire, but he also worked here again for a considerably-longer stint (about 3 weeks) in 1949, when he tried making Denver his permanent address.
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