Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly, Clear Lake

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  • August 8, 2017
    If you have visited the Surf Ballroom, are fan of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper or Ritchie Valens, or are simply a fan of rock-n-roll music, going to the crash site of 3 rock-n-roll pioneers is very wor...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Tried to visit the crash site 3 years ago in May but snow kept us out. Am glad we went back and got it done. The Surf Ballroom was more than we ever expected. You can just stand there and imagine Budd...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    If you visited the Surf Ballroom you have to include this on your list to see. There's something kind of eerie where you can actually visit an area where people met their demise. I followed the direct...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    Great little memorial for some amazing musicians. Kind of muddy in the spring. Thank you so much to who ever it was that got the 360┬░ image of the memorial on Google Maps.
  • May 26, 2017
    I recall hearing the news of the crash in my Philly bedroom as a child... This is a touching, folk art, roadside attraction. Don't miss it!
  • May 19, 2017
    These amazing entertainers have a steady flow of visitors. One would think there would be more than a mud path and the small Memorial, which appears to be made by individual fans. Shame on the music industry Elites­čśö Still very glad WE stopped smd saw it.
  • April 28, 2017
    I got to go there today.....it was amazing to see this...so thankful to the farmer who saved a iconic place.....R.I.P Buddy. Richie and the booper..also the pilot god bless you
  • August 23, 2016
    Thanks to the farmer who keeps this shrine going. Fans truly appreciate it!! It's down back roads so make sure you see the Buddy Holly glasses then park. Follow the path down to the memorial.

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