Anderson Canyon

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53153 Highway 1, Big Sur,  CA,  831-667-6742

In Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch:

“Everything unusual, be it said, originates at Anderson Creek.  Because of the artists most likely. If a stray cow is mysteriously killed, someone from Anderson Creek most likely did the job.  If a passing motorist kills a deer on the highway, he always brings it to some poor artist at Anderson Creek, never to Mr. Brown or Mr. Roosevelt.”  Page 74

In Real Life:

Henry Miller has some hilarious recollections of Anderson Creek in Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch.  It was an artist community out on a bluff overlooking the ocean where the actual Anderson Creek comes out of the mountains and meets the sea. The shack was one of those built for the convicts who were brought in to build Highway 1.  When the road project was completed and the convicts moved on, the artists moved in and claimed the bluff as their own, creating a bohemian community.  Miller was part of the community for about a year starting in January 1946.  Today the property is a beautiful private home with a name – Anderson Canyon.  And one of the convict shacks is still there on the property.  The owner preserved it. Crazily, it’s the exact shack Miller lived in.  And even crazier, the property is a vacation rental!  It’s very expensive, only sleeps six, but you can book it and stay there and really feel what it might have been like to be one of those artists out at Anderson Creek who were blamed for everything unusual that happened. However, if you don’t rent it, you won’t see much because it’s private property.

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