In 1955 author Locke McCorkle moved to Mill Valley with the poet Gary Snyder, renting a property with two small houses on
Montford Avenue for $25 a month. The two had become friends while attending Alan Watts’ lectures on eastern spirituality at
the California Institute of Asian Studies in San Francisco, and their Mill Valley digs became a nexus for major writers, and fellow
travelers, of what would become known as the Beat Generation: Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsburg, and many others.