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Kurt Cobain's Young St Bridge

Updated on January 13, 2014
This is a side view of the Young St bridge in Aberdeen. You can notice the remains of what looks to be another bridge sticking out of parts of the water along with the river plants and algae that grow everywhere in the area.
This is a side view of the Young St bridge in Aberdeen. You can notice the remains of what looks to be another bridge sticking out of parts of the water along with the river plants and algae that grow everywhere in the area. | Source

The former dwelling of a Rock and Roll Legend

The Young St Bridge in Aberdeen, WA was once a place of refuge for the notorious musician and song writer, Kurt Cobain. Before he found his spotlight as the front man of the Grunge band, Nirvana, Kurt spent much of his time underneath this bridge. The cold, rainy weather and the atmosphere of the muddy river side gave a great influence to the way that Kurt wrote his music.

This is a view from the top of the bride.
This is a view from the top of the bride. | Source

From the Muddy banks of the Wishkah

Just a few miles outside of the heart of the city of Aberdeen you will find the Young St Bridge.The bridge crosses over the dark and muddy Wishkah river. When he was young, Kurt Cobain spent many nights here when he couldn't find other shelter from the rain. Being in these conditions, i could only imagine the things that ran through the young artists mind. The watter is cold and dirty and the sealing of the bridge leaks water from several different spots. A young writer like Kurt was destined to absorb emotions of such a dark environment and transform it into something that a whole generation of young people could connect with.

This is a thirteen ft tall Fender Mustang guitar statue just beside the bride that has been dedicated in Kurt's Honor. Kurt often played guitars that looked just like this one.
This is a thirteen ft tall Fender Mustang guitar statue just beside the bride that has been dedicated in Kurt's Honor. Kurt often played guitars that looked just like this one. | Source
This is the Kurt Cobain Riverfront park sign that gives honor to the lost Legend.
This is the Kurt Cobain Riverfront park sign that gives honor to the lost Legend. | Source

Kurt Cobain Park

In honor of the late musician, the city of Aberdeen dedicated the small patch of grass next to the Young street bridge to Kurt and called it "Kurt Cobain Riverfront Park". Several plaques, Signs and statues have also been erected in the area as a way of remembering an artist that once called this place a home.

This sign features the lyrics to the Nirvana song "Something in the Way" that Kurt wrote about his experiences underneath this very bridge
This sign features the lyrics to the Nirvana song "Something in the Way" that Kurt wrote about his experiences underneath this very bridge | Source
This is Kurt Cobain's "Air Guitar" a kind of humorous imaginary guitar stand that rests in the grass of Kurt's Riverside Park.
This is Kurt Cobain's "Air Guitar" a kind of humorous imaginary guitar stand that rests in the grass of Kurt's Riverside Park. | Source

In Memoriam

In 1996 Nirvana released a live compilation album in Honor of Kurt Cobain just shortly after his death. The album title "From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah" referenced the influence that this place had on both Kurt and the band. The album contains some of Kurt's last live recordings before his death in April 1994.

Under the bridge you will notice the sign that reads, "In Memoriam, From the Muddy Banks of The Wishkah"
Under the bridge you will notice the sign that reads, "In Memoriam, From the Muddy Banks of The Wishkah" | Source

How to Find the Young St Bridge

A markerYoung Street Bridge Aberdeen, WA 98520 -
Aberdeen, WA, USA
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This is the location of Kurt's Young St Bridge

This is just some of the graffiti left by Kurt's fans that visited the bridge.
This is just some of the graffiti left by Kurt's fans that visited the bridge. | Source
This is some of the mud under the bridge that i fell in shortly after taking this photo.
This is some of the mud under the bridge that i fell in shortly after taking this photo. | Source

Underneath the Bridge

When you make your way down to the underside of the bridge, be careful or you might slip and fall in the mud like i did. If it's raining, you'll notice that the bridge leaks a good amount of water causing the dirt below to turn into a muck pit. Remember to plant your feet and take slow steps.

This portrait of Kurt had to be my favorite artworks left by a fan.
This portrait of Kurt had to be my favorite artworks left by a fan. | Source

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We even found a Teen Spirit Deodorant in the mud!
We even found a Teen Spirit Deodorant in the mud! | Source

Messages to the beyond

Many have stopped and left messages and artwork on the underside walls of the bridge. Kurt's impact on his fans and fellow musicians is truly glorified in this all too appropriate memorial. He will be alive here, in the muddy Wishkah riverside, where his loved ones scattered is ashes after he died. His name lives on through his timeless words and all of those who continue to remember them.

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What an interesting place

This was by far one of the most amazing memorials that i have ever seen. It really allows you to see through the eyes of Kurt Cobain. Visiting this park and and walking under the bridge gives you a chance to find yourself in the artist, and pay respect to a legend of a musician that will forever live on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice article. I live in Olympia and I had no idea that park or memorial was there.

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      MindbodyandFood4u 3 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for bringing our attention to the park and the memorial. I will always miss him.

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks bill. I had heard of the bridge, but not of the park. I went to check it out and found more than i was expecting to see.

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, MindbodyandFood4u! Kurt is one of my favorite artists and i felt i had to share my discoveries from this adventure!

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