Kurt Cobain may have been from Aberdeen, Washington, but that doesn’t mean they have to like him. In a vote before the city council, the proposal to name a bridge after Cobain was shot down 10-1. Currently, the bridge is unofficially named after pioneer Alexander Young. And no, the sign isn’t in honor of Nirvana either. It’s been like that for a while.
KXRO reports the vote against the Cobain rename drew applause from the audience at Wednesday’s council meeting. Some people were concerned about memorializing the grunge rock musician because of his drug use, suicide and negative comments about his hometown. The council did vote to name a small body of land on the Wishkah River the Cobain Landing.
But Cobain’s not the only famous person from Aberdeen. Somehow, the town is a breeding ground for the famous. Krist Noveselic as well as Dale Crover of the Melvins are from Aberdeen, but that all comes in the same package. There’s also porn star Violetta Blue, authors Jeff Burlingame and Robert Cantwell as well as football legend John Elway. But Aberdeen’s real favorite son is Douglas Osherhoff, who won a Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of superfluidity in helium-3.