Tracing Neal Cassady’s last footsteps in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende. Photo: Eneas via Flickr, Creative Commons

Neal Cassady died in the middle of the night alongside the railroad tracks on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende after leaving a party. It’s been said that he died of exposure, but the cause of death was never quite determined. Here’s an intriguing read by novelist Peter Ferry exploring Neal Cassady’s connection with that central Mexican town long after he passed away.

“When I first get here, the only thing I know with certainty about Neal Cassady’s time in San Miguel de Allende is that he died ignominiously just outside of town in 1968. And although that tie is admittedly tenuous, it’s curious to me that people in this artists’ colony who are surely used to outcasts and iconoclasts seem reluctant to claim him. At least at first…”

Read on..

See here for the full story  – [***update 2022, unfortunately this article is no longer available]


  1. I was with Neal and George in San Miguel the year Cassidy died. We lived in an apartment called Las Palomas. George came roaring into the courtyard on day driving a dayglo orange Lotus Elan with dayglo green hub caps. I was nineteen years old and they adopted me on the spot!

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