Kurt Cobain’s hometown has decided against renaming a bridge in honour of him. Aberdeen, Washington council turned down a proposal that would have seen North Aberdeen Bridge take Cobain’s name, choosing instead to rename a small area of land after the late Nirvana singer.
“Leave the [bridge] as it is and let old history live with new history,” said representative Doug Paling. Council officials voted almost unanimously against a resolution to honour the city’s most famous son. Despite a recommendation by the local parks board, councillors argued that renaming the bridge would glorify Cobain’s drug use and suicide. “Is this the legacy we want to leave to our children?” asked pastor Don Eden, according to KXRO Radio.
North Aberdeen Bridge, which crosses the Wishkah river, is known locally as Young Street Bridge. Among Nirvana fans, it’s famous for its appearance in the song Something in the Way; Cobain reportedly slept under it for a time. Although the council refused the Cobain proposal, they also rejected an amendment that would have seen the bridge formally renamed after local pioneer Alexander Young. “We don’t need to strip another part of our history away,” said Aberdeen Museum director Dan Sears.
The council did approve renaming a small strip of land that borders the Wishkah river, as a place for grunge pilgrims to pay their respects. An electric guitar statue already stands in a nearby park, with a memorial plaque.