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Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly, Clear Lake

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  • You drive out a gravel road, park along the side of the road, walk out into a field to see where the plane crashed. There is a memorial there. I am glad to say I went and saw it. I would recommend.....  more
    You drive out a gravel road, park along the side of the road, walk out into a field to see where the plane crashed. There is a memorial there. I am glad to say I went and saw it. I would recommend.....  more »
  • Hidden away in Just outside of Clear Lake is the sight where Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper JP Richardson along with their pilot perished. Once you find the glasses it’s a little hike....  more
    Hidden away in Just outside of Clear Lake is the sight where Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper JP Richardson along with their pilot perished. Once you find the glasses it’s a little hike....  more »
  • A few miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa, on a gravel road next to a large cornfield sits the Buddy Holly Crash site. The large Buddy Holly iconic black glasses mark the entrance to the 1/3 mile walk.....  more
    A few miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa, on a gravel road next to a large cornfield sits the Buddy Holly Crash site. The large Buddy Holly iconic black glasses mark the entrance to the 1/3 mile walk.....  more »
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  • Make sure you have your GPS set to the site as there are no signs or any mention of the place until you are at it. There is about a half mile of driving on gravel road, so be wary of if your car can handle that. It’s also about a quarter mile walk on uneven dirt and grass to get to the site. It is very surreal and I recommend taking the 15 minutes to check it out. Many people have brought items to leave there, if I knew that I would have brought something too!
  • I could have cried!! One of the best, yet saddest places I have ever visited. You have to walk from the glasses marker to the actual memorial site down a cornfield path but we'll worth it! The path is well maintained and there is parking across the road. Lots of sunglasses and momentos. Hint..bring a marker if you wish to sign the pole. History is amazing however sad!
  • After visiting the Surf Ballroom, I made the 6-mile drive down a dusty dirt road to the the site where Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens died in a plane crash in February 1959. You end up driving down a dirt road until you see a large pair of black glasses on the shoulder of the road. Park here on the shoulder then you have to walk a little over a quarter mile down a dirt path in a corn field to the actual crash site. The path can get really muddy after a rain. The crash site is marked by a small makeshift memorial with the names of those who died here. It is a somber walk but one many music fans have made over the years. While it was not crowded while I was there there were several other visitors making the walk to the site. If you are near Clear Lake you should visit the Surf Ballroom and then make the drive out to the Crash Site.
  • A little remote but not hard to find. Thanks to the property owner, the public can visit a significant piece of American history in person. Tread lightly, listen closely and you can feel music in the air during the short walk to the memorial. It is also possible to visit the Surf Ballroom in nearby Clear Lake to visit the museum and stage where the last performance happened.
  • Definitely cool to see this place. Even though it isn't much, it draws plenty of people to see it due to the worn path back to the site. Expect about a mile of stone road, and about a 10 minute walk to the exact location. People just park alongside the road, which seemed alright because there were several cars when I arrived.

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