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article imageKurt Cobain may be honored with bridge dedication in hometown

By Kim I. Hartman     Jul 18, 2011 in Entertainment
Aberdeen - Kurt Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, is considering honoring the late Nirvana frontman by renaming a bridge and a small park in his honor.
Twenty years after the release of the album Nevermind by the Seattle grunge band, the Aberdeen City Council will be accepting public comments July 27 on the proposal to rename the Young Street Bridge after the musician, reports Associated Press.
The bridge, which crosses the Wishkah River, has become a landmark for fans of Cobain and Nirvana since the death of musician and songwriter in 1994. Cobain, who often claimed he slept under the bridge when he was homeless and living in Aberdeen, sang about the bridge in the song "Something in the Way" from the Nevermind album.
Kurt Cobain, who is Aberdeens most famous resident, was honored by the city in 2005, with a welcome sign that reads "Welcome to Aberdeen – Come As You Are," a reference to the song by the same title, written by Cobain and released as the second single off the Nevermind album.
In 2005  a sign was put up in Aberdeen  Washington  that reads  Welcome to Aberdeen – Come As You ...
In 2005, a sign was put up in Aberdeen, Washington, that reads "Welcome to Aberdeen – Come As You Are" as a tribute to Cobain.
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The city of Aberdeen marked the anniversary of Cobain's death in April with a "concrete sculpture of the singer’s left-handed Fender Jag-Stang guitar, with a commemorative steel ribbon containing the following “On a Plain” lyrics: “One more special message to go and then I’m done and I can go home," reported Vancouver's
Several locations in Aberdeen and Seattle have become landmarks for fans who have made the pilgrimage to the Pacific Northwest in search of a closer connection to the Nirvana co-founder, who along with bassist Krist Novoselic, formed the band in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987.
Fans have left hundreds of graffiti style messages under the Young Street Bridge for Cobain and have created makeshift memorials in the adjoining park that will also bear the name of Cobain if approved by the Aberdeen City Council.
KXRO News Radio reports not all the members of the Aberdeen City Council are supportive of the proposal to name the bridge the Kurt Cobain Memorial Bridge and the park Cobain Landing. "Councilwoman Alice Phelps says she expects negative comments to come from the proposal to rename the bridge due to his suicide, drug use and negative comments about his hometown."
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