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Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

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Address: Gull Avenue, Clear Lake, IA
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Nice to see

Great place to visit. Always wanted to see this place ever since I first heard about the crash. Very nice walk up to it. Shame it all happened.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jana D
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Always wanted to see this place ever since I first heard about the crash. Very nice walk up to it. Shame it all happened.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are 4 stars on this review. One for each of the lives lost, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J.P. Richardson, and pilot Roger Peterson. I have been to the site in early November, in September, and also in July. Each visit gives me various perspectives, but in November, the feeling of emptiness is all around. It is a moving spot... More 

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1 Thank Elle S
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Made the trek to the site on a cold windy December day. In the light dusting of snow there were footprints revealing that two other folks had made this pilgrimage earlier the same day. The memorial is simple and powerful. This is a must do experience for anyone who appreciates the profound impact that Buddy Holly had on the world... More 

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2 Thank Coteau48
Clear Lake, Iowa
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Nice memorial to the Day the Music Died. A little hard to find but kind of cool to think about the history .

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2 Thank Christine C
Van Buren, Arkansas
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

What a memorable walk and visit. Thought things would be more somber here, but happened upon a group of other visitors singing Buddy Holly songs and it made the visit quite uplifting really. Good memorial to these musicians and artists. A must-see of music lovers.

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2 Thank Guwisti
Morehead City, North Carolina
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103 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Very nice memorial thanks to the landowner and Ken Paquette who made the monuments. It was windy and cold the day I visited Clear Lake. A wind Spinner mounted at the site was really moving fast. We were visiting family in Minnesota and driving down to Florida. As far as I was concerned this memorial was a must see. Many... More 

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2 Thank seasideNorthCarolina
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We really enjoyed this. You must follow the directions exactly to find the site. The glasses are on the side of the road. Then you walk into the field (there is a path) to see the actual site. If other visitors are there it is fun to talk with them and to remember the legends. Don't miss this attraction!!!

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1 Thank 821cherylr
Aberdeen, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

If you have GPS, you can find this place. And if you don't, the locals are more than willing to give you directions. Be prepared to walk a little bit in a field, but there is a "road" to get there. The place to start is marked by some Buddy Holly glasses. Pull off the road and walk about a... More 

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2 Thank Erin D
Waconia, Minnesota
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103 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Out in the country, drove past the "road" several times. A farmer figured out what we were trying to find and pointed us in the right direction. Parked on the side of the gravel road and walked down the field approach. We did not think that we could possibly be in the right place, but kept walking and there it... More 

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2 Thank rxmarsden
Bellevue, Iowa
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192 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

You must visit this site of rememberance. You will be moved and you will want to spend some time reflecting and looking at all the momentos left by fellow music fans. Get directions from the Surf Ballroom befvore you go. A little tricky to find.

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