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Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

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Address: Gull Avenue, Clear Lake, IA
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To get to the site, just follow Google maps. It will lead you to the exact place you need to go. I've been thinking about this site since I was a teenager. It's amazing how a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

To get to the site, just follow Google maps. It will lead you to the exact place you need to go. I've been thinking about this site since I was a teenager. It's amazing how a very simple place can be a five-star experience. The other reviews go into detail and I won't repeat what they said. It's a very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

About 5 miles north of the ballroom. A bit tricky to find, on gravel roads, but we'll worth the effort. Not a corn field this year, but a soybean field. There is a 4' pair of Buddy Holly glasses on cement posts at the entrance. Which is a 1/2 mile path between the fields. There are memorials at the end... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

It was such a sad place, but a must. It was pretty easy to find, but a hike (half mile or so) off the road. Its grass though, so not hard to do. Nice memorials to look at. Pilot even has a memorial, though he was to blame for this crash so their deaths were on him. Kind of pissed... More 

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New Windsor, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

This is a non commercial memorial site. Nothing fancy or glorified so if that's what you're looking for don't go. If you are looking to pay your respects to these 4 (yes 4 including the pilot) young lives lost tragically and are interested in the history of the singers then I recommend stopping. For me it was sort of in... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

It is out of the way but I think if you're a music fan, it is a must-see at some point. I don't the area has changed much in the time since the crash.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

Just north of Clear Lake, Iowa is the site of the crash of the plane carrying Buddie Hollie, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valance. It is totally non-commercial with just a large pair of glasses as a sign indicating the 1/2 mile path into a soybean field to the actual site. There are small memorials to the musicians and the... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The most striking thing about this site is how mundane it is when you consider what took place here. It is quite literally an ordinary corn field. You reach the site by walking the fence row for a bit. The memorial itself is small and tasteful (and they were classy enough to include the pilot).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Definite worth the visit to the memorial. Slight walk off a gravel road along the fence line, Just look for the horn rim glasses and take a walk.

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Hospers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Its a nice little walk to go see, where 3 talented musicians lost there lives. The giant glasses make for a good photo. I just wish people would pick up there garbage.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I visited the memorial on a warm spring day and was struck by how well cared-for the site is. I appreciate the owners of this private property, for allowing the public to visit and for keeping it so nicely tended. It was a nice place to pay respect to the young men who lost their lives there. Do plan to... More 

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