2/20/2014—Aberdeen, WA, USA
Kurt Cobain’s childhood bedroom where he lived as a young boy on the main floor of the house in Aberdeen, WA.
Kurt Cobain’s childhood home at 1210 E. First Street in Aberdeen, Washington. Cobain would spend his early childhood in the home, and enrolled at nearby Robert Gray Elementary School in 1972. After his parents divorced in 1976, Cobain m,over around several times, but he eventually returned to live with his mother in the home during his teenage years. the home is located just a few blocks from the Young Street Bridge where Cobain often hung out and sometimes slept.
Aberdeen, located in Grays Harbor County, near the Washington State coast, is the birth place of rock legend Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana. Aberdeen and the neighboring town of Hoquiam, have had a difficult relationship with Cobain’s legacy, with his drug use and suicide causing many in the community to believe he should not be honored. In recent years though, as the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death approaches and Nirvana is set to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a steady stream of tourists and travelers are coming to the town to see Cobain’s childhood home and other sights. Many in Aberdeen – a place Cobain once mocked as “Twin Peaks without the excitement” – are now embracing him and the city held its first annual Kurt Cobain Day on Thursday, February 20th, 2014.
Aberdeen though, has fallen on hard times. With the slow death of the logging and fishing industries, its downtown is filled with abandoned shops, storefront churches and a steady stream of drug addicts, homeless kids and prostitutes. Most cars pass through the city’s main street, Wishkah Street, without stopping, heading to resort hotels and vacation homes on the Washington coast. Unemployment is high, many homes are falling down or abandoned.
Photograph by Stuart Isett
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