Located in Grays Harbor County, Washington, Aberdeen was founded by Samuel Benn in 1884, and was incorporated on May 12, 1890. It is known as “the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula,” however it may be best known for being the birthplace of grunge rock icon and Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. Though, Cobain and fellow Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic maybe some of the biggest names from Aberdeen, recently retired professional wrestler Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) is also an Aberdeen native. Aberdeen, WA has a population of 16,896.
Located at the mouth of two rivers, Aberdeen was named for a local salmon cannery and in reference to its Scottish namesake. In its early days, Aberdeen was known as one of the prettiest towns of the West Coast, as it was full of saloons, whorehouses and gambling houses. All of this earned the city nicknames such as “the hellhole of the Pacific” and “the Port of Missing Men” the latter was a reference to the high murder rate during the 1900s. At the time, Bill Gohl (often called Billy Ghoul) was said to have killed at least 140 men, though he was only convicted of two murders.
Aberdeen is home port of the tall ship Lady Washington, just of reproduction of the smaller vessel used by the explorer Capt. Robert Gray. The Lady Washington has appeared in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and a model for a ship in the animated feature Treasure Planet.
Aberdeen, and a lot of Grays Harbor, remains dependent on timber and fishing industries however the Grays Harbor Community Hospital provides more than 700 jobs for the area. Aberdeen is a beautiful city that everyone should see at least once.