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Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

Address: Gull Avenue, Clear Lake, IA
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Clear Lake
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Omaha NE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

I have been a fan of Buddy Holly’s music since I was a teen-ager. I’m not sure how that came to be. My guess is I picked it up from my older siblings. Buddy Holly (real last name was spelled Holley) died in a tragic plane crash Feb. 3, 1959, about five miles northwest of Clear Lake, Iowa. The 22-year-old... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

On a freezing cold December day, I walked the half mile thru the stumbled cornfield to the "memorial" site of Buddy Holly's plane crash. There's not much there, really.........a stainless steel guitar with their names and an accompanying stainless steel set of records. But, for those who go, it's not really the memorial that brings you there; it's the memory... More 

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

If your close to Clear Lake and your old enough to know who he was, you HAVE to go se the crash site. Just 5 minutes from town and close to I-35. There's not a lot to look at except the little memorial but it's the thought of being there. If you see this, go see the Surf Ballroom in... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Walked to the site on a beautiful Fall day. Had the entire spot to ourselves. Very moving tribute to those fine lost Musicians. Worth going to, make it a point to go. Really worthwhile. Make sure to go to the Surf Ballroom while in town.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Chanced to see this on a road trip from Canada to St Louis. Easy find down some beautiful Iowa country roads. Loved the walk through the cornfields. Wish I would have brought a momento to leave behind. Many people did and I enjoyed seeing what was there. Didn't know his music but knew he was a legend. RIP Buddy Holly.

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Cassville, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

A little trek (about a half mile) to get to the sight between corn fields but worth it. There is a path, but good footwear is advised.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Not much to the site itself, but to spend a few minutes in silence thinking about what the site represents is powerful.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

No signage so you have to be a fan and do your research to find it. Once there the 1/2 mile walk through the corn to the actual site is quite reflective.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Had some time to see this site. Not too far off I-35. Down a few gravel roads. Very interesting!! If you drove by, you'd never know what these glass rims are doing at the edge of a Korn field though.

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Belleville, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I liked the idea that one had to walk through a cornfield to get to the crash site. Once there it was a bit disappointing because of the litter and disrespect shown.

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