Welcome to Aberdeen & Hoquiam
The tourist blurb likes to talk them up, but, in reality, Olympic twins Aberdeen and Hoquiam comprise one pretty gritty city. Nonetheless, there's a rousing history hidden behind the boarded-up shops and general air of decay. Much of it can be told through the life stories of the famous locals. Despite (or perhaps because of) the apparent decrepitude, the cities have churned out enough noted citizens to fill a Hollywood Blvd–style Walk of Fame. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was born in Aberdeen, Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway spent his childhood in Hoquiam, and aviation pioneer William Boeing made his first inroad into big business by buying up extensive tracts of timberland around Grays Harbor.