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Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

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Gull Avenue, Crash site is located west of intersection of 315th Street and Gull Avenue., Clear Lake, IA
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A Nice tribute to one of the early pioneers of the music industry. This is the place where the music died!

This is a must see location for anyone who is interested in Rock & Roll history. This is the spot... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greg B
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Topeka, Kansas
Crash site

I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more of a tribute there. But it satisfied my curiosity

Reviewed 1 week ago
bettylcarn
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Clear Lake, Iowa
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Gull Avenue, Crash site is located west of intersection of 315th Street and Gull Avenue., Clear Lake, IA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see location for anyone who is interested in Rock & Roll history. This is the spot where Buddy Hollys plane crashed back in 1959. It is located in the countryside around Clear Lake Iowa. The actual crash site is about a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more of a tribute there. But it satisfied my curiosity

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's neat to visit once, but don't have high expectations it's just a path along a field out to the site where people have left behind some "stuff".

1  Thank jody g
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At its current state, the memorial and tribute to the fallen musicians and pilot is a somber reminder to what history holds. It’s a bit of a walk (.25 Miles) off of a gravel road, where the landowner keeps a path open. Bring some flowers,...More

1  Thank Mjd27
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Reviewed April 16, 2018

We detoured north at Des Moines on a trip from Denver to Chicago not knowing what conditions would be like in late March. We brought boots and glad we did because it was a little muddy. I've known this story for a long time but...More

3  Thank John B
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Reviewed January 18, 2018

The plane crash site is a peaceful place. The visitors whom we've met both times we visited (June 2014 & July 2017) were always respectful for others coming to visit, pray, grieve, or just be in the moment. There is a half-mile walk which isn't...More

3  Thank TravelingCriticChic
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Reviewed January 5, 2018

Simply a nice place to visit and pay your respects to the loss of three great 50's performers and their pilot. A small memorial is there to identify the events of Feb 3rd, 1959. Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson - The Big Bopper...More

1  Thank Walter B
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Reviewed December 7, 2017 via mobile

It's a must to get a photo of the glasses.:) The actually sight is a bit of a walk...in between farm fields...but there is a generous lane to make the walk.

1  Thank bombcheles
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Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

The google address actually takes you 1/4 mile north of the site so continue past the farm your navigation takes you to. The last two roads are gravel so be prepared for that. The glasses are right next to the road and then the memorial...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

Short hike to the actual crash site. Saw a few cars that just stopped and took pictures of the glasses at the beginning of the path. The farmer who owns the land does a good job of maintaining the walkway to the crash site. Be...More

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Susan S
January 23, 2017|
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Response from 770MCP | Reviewed this property |
You should also visit the Surf Ballroom - the site of their last show. It's close to the crash site.
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Angie W
May 26, 2016|
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Response from nanookune47 | Reviewed this property |
The Clear Lake boat area has spots for parking and staying, by the way and it's not far from the downtown area. You might have checked that already but just in case--yes, there is a place if you want to stay. Maybe you might... More
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