This City In Washington Was One Of The Most Dangerous Places In The Nation In The Early 1900s

Most Washingtonians know Aberdeen as the hometown of Kurt Cobain. The Kurt Cobain Memorial Park is a major draw, and a sign welcomes people to town with the famous phrase “Come as you are.”

But at the turn of the last century, Aberdeen was known for other things: Gambling, prostitution, and murder. In fact, it was so dangerous that it was nicknamed “The hellhole of the Pacific” around the year 1900.

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While Washington is certainly not without its crime, these stories make our current list of most dangerous places seem tame.