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Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

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Address: Gull Avenue, Clear Lake, IA

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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New Windsor, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW 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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Thousand Oaks, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We went after seeing the Surf Ballroom. If it's important to you to pay respects, do it, but if it's not that important, I would pass on this. Ballroom is fabulous. Memorial is quite makeshift.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Stop at the Surf Ballroom prior to your visit to the crash site. Their directions are spot on and easy to follow. I would not recommend going in the winter as you may not be able to find it due to snowfall. It is simplistic in nature as it is a guitar with the names of the artists placed on... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

My husband and I stopped here on our way back home from a road trip. It was so worth the stop. We hiked the almost half mile to the spot where the plane crashed, killing the 3 "rock n roll" stars and the young pilot. It's a minimal tribute but large in it's affect, knowing this is the actual place... More 

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Address: Address: Gull Avenue, Clear Lake, IA
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clear Lake

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