Aberdeen, Washington: Kurt Cobain Tributes - Concrete Guitar

Nirvana frontman's birthplace and hometown commemorates the musician with a nine-foot-tall concrete guitar. Also here: a fake tombstone and other tributes. Cobain committed suicide (some say) in 1994.

Kurt Cobain Landing

Address:
E. 2nd St., Aberdeen, WA
Directions:
Kurt Cobain Landing. Northwest edge of town, in Riverfront Park on the south side of the Young Street bridge. From downtown (US Hwys 101 and 12) drive north one block to Market St. and turn right. Follow Market St. a quarter-mile. Turn left onto Stanton St., then right onto E. 2nd St., which then dead-ends at the tiny parking lot for the park.
Admission:
Free
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Kurt Cobain Concrete Guitar

It's taken a while, but Aberdeen has finally accepted Kurt Cobain as someone worth remembering. The Nirvana frontman, born and raised in Aberdeen, died from a shotgun blast to the head on April 5, 1994. Seventeen years later an 8.5-foot-tall left-handed guitar, modeled after one that Cobain used, was unveiled at a spot next to a bridge where he hung out, and where some of his ashes were later scattered into the Wishkah River. The guitar is made of reinforced concrete because that's what its backers could afford, and because they liked its grunge aesthetic. The tiny park also has a granite plaque set into the ground with some Cobain quotes, one of which was later sandblast-censored by an Aberdeen politician who found it offensive.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/05/2011]

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