A FOREST is just a lot of trees put together – – – – – – – (Cooked macaroni and ate it in oily weeds of railyard night . . . dodged railroad cops and hopped Zipper other side of crossing) (rode on thru) – Jack Kerouac Some of the Dharma
A relic of the old railroad running right up along the beach to Launch Pads 39A & B dates back to the Apollo days at Kennedy Space Center when the 20th Century journey to the Moon got an assist from a 19th Century innovation.
Jack Kerouac’s fondness for the railroad led him to include many references to riding freight trains in his writings. One of his most poignant is the Beat prose poem October in the Railroad Earth. Whether working on the railroad or looking to hitch a ride, looking over the rail yards with the Fort Pierce skyline in the background evokes some of the wanderlust in Kerouac’s writings that stretched from small-town USA to cover the entire country.