Kurt Cobain’s middle school photo, taken while attending school in Montesano
408 W First St. Home of Lamont Schillinger, where a homeless Cobain couch surfed for a while in 1985.
107 S. M St. former site of hair salon operated by the mother of Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.
101 E. Market St. Location of former Seafirst Bank Building, where Cobain was caught writing grafitti on the wa.. in 1985.
211 E. Wishkah St. Former location of Rosevear’s Music Store, where Kurt Cobain bought his first guitar
1210 E 1st St. Kurt Cobain’s childhood home.
Underneath the Young Street Bridge Bridge.
Former home of Krist Novoselic family.
609 W. 2nd St. House of Melvins drummer Dale Crover’s parents.
Location of former Aberdeen High School.
Cobain memorial at Young Street Bridge on the banks of the Wishkah River.
Kurt was here.
Legions of Aberdeen-born rock legend Kurt Cobain flock to Grays Harbor to see where the iconic musician grew up. Before Nirvana, before fame, before his 1994 death in Seattle there was Aberdeen. Kurt Donald Cobain was born Feb. 20, 1967 to Donald and Wendy Cobain at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, 915 Anderson Drive, Aberdeen. The houses, apartments, buildings and locations that formed the backdrop of Cobain’s formative years tell a story of life in the tough timber town on Washington’s coast.
Fans wanting to know more about Cobain may want to visit the Aberdeen Museum of History, 111 E. 3rd St., or Sucher and Sons Star Wars Shop, 413 E. Wishkah St., Aberdeen — both have small collections of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana memorabilia.
Keep in mind that most locations are private residences: Please be respectful of private property, don’t trespass, litter or vandalize.
1. Old Rosevear’s Music Store, 211 E. Wishkah St. The music store where Cobain’s uncle bought him his first electric guitar in 1981 has since moved twice. The old storefront houses a church below low-rent apartments.
2. 107 S. M St. This is the former site of Maria’s Hair Design, the hair salon operated by the mother of Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. Cobain and Novoselic sometimes practiced in the building.
3. 408 W. 1st St. In 1985, a homeless Cobain moved into the home of Lamont Schillinger for a time. He couch surfed at the homes of several friends; this was one.
4. 609 W 2nd St. This was the house of Melvins drummer Dale Crover. In the summer of 1983, Cobain met Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, a Montesano-based punk rock band of some renown, and often attended practices at Crover’s house. After Cobain moved out of his mom’s house in the spring of 1984, he sometimes slept on Crover’s porch.
5. Seafirst Bank Building, 101 E. Market St. On July 23, 1985, Cobain was caught writing “Ain’T goT no how waTchamacalliT” on an alley wall and was arrested for vandalism. The building is now a Bank of America.
6. Aberdeen public library, 121 E. Market St., former Daily World publisher John Hughes said he remembers a teenaged Cobain — a quiet, thoughtful and introspective young man in Hughes’ assessment — frequently reading at the library, where Cobain often spent time to get off the street.
7. Aberdeen High School, 410 N. G St. The original J.M. Weatherwax High School that Cobain attended before dropping out in 1985 and later worked at as a janitor, burned down in an arson fire in 2002.
8. Robert Gray Elementary School, 1516 N. B St. This is the school Cobain attended in Aberdeen before moving to Montesano with his father in 1976, after his parents divorced. A new school opened in 2002, and a portion of the school Cobain attended was demolished.
9. 1000 ½ E. 2nd St. On Sept. 1, 1986 Cobain moved into the first house he rented by himself; he worked part time as a maintenance man at the Polynesian Inn Resort in Ocean Shores to afford the rent.
10. 1210 E 1st St. Cobain’s childhood home. He and his parents moved into this house in 1968 and lived there until 1976; his father got full custody in 1979. Cobain moved back into the home with his mother during his sophomore year of high school in 1982 before dropping out and moving out in 1984.
11. Young Street Bridge. This is the bridge made famous by the lyrics of “Something in the Way” on the seminal album Nevermind. Cobain claimed to live under the bridge for a time along the banks of the Wishkah River. It is certain he and other teens spent time under the bridge. Today a memorial park is located beside the south approach.
12. 1120 N. Fairfield St. Cobain met Novoselic, who lived across the Young Street Bridge on top of Think-Of-Me Hill in the 1980s. The two became close friends and founding members of Nirvana. The rest … is history.