The little city of Aberdeen, Washington has been much kinder to the world than the world has been to Aberdeen. Aberdeen was long a mill town but now there's not many mills remaining. According to Wikipedia workers heard of mill closings in 2005 and 2009 not from Weyerhauser management but by listening to the radio. And people wonder what motivates the Occupy Wall Street protestors.
In addition to the Melvins and Nirvana, Aberdeen has given the world photographer Lee Friedlander, painter Robert Motherwell, programmer and philanthropist Peter Norton, MacArthur Fellow and physics Nobel laureate Douglas Osheroff and George Scott, not the actor but the inventor of the self-cleaning oven (and who is not easy to find on the internet). Alexander Calder spent a year working in Aberdeen and quarterback John Elway lived there as a small child.
Downtown Aberdeen had a rough charm but was clearly struggling to hang on to some vitality. There were lots of empty lots and shuttered shops. Among them, though, were these quirky sculptures like the Bull Snout, said to be a "rare and endangered species found only in Grays Harbor". It is "thought to have originated when a bull stumbled into a swamp, making mad passionate love to a fish before expiring". There was also a walk of fame, where I found out about the famous Aberdeenians.
I walked around downtown, took a few pictures before the sun got too low, and unsuccessfully looked for a good place to eat, settling instead for a popular, but not all that great, Mexican restaurant.
Speaking of bulls, or maybe a cow, check out the optical illusion on this holstein's face. Is it real?