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Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

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Address: Gull Avenue, Crash site is located west of intersection of 315th Street and Gull Avenue., Clear Lake, IA

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It is a 'trip' first to trek through the field to this site. But it is also a 'trip' back in time when Buddy and his friends brought so much joy to our lives. Well worth the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Betty50428
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Clear Lake, Iowa
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Clear Lake, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It is a 'trip' first to trek through the field to this site. But it is also a 'trip' back in time when Buddy and his friends brought so much joy to our lives. Well worth the short walk.

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Thank Betty50428
Forest City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Off the beaten path but for Buddy Holly fans worth the short side trip. You will see a pair of glasses beside the road. There is a short path to where the plane actually crashed. The crash site is about 200 feet off the road. Just park beside the road. It is a gravel road so be prepared.

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Thank Daniel H
Oak Forest, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hi, We went to the crash site. It was good to see it. It is on private land. It is clean. There's a half mile walk thru the field. Also, there's a pair of sunglasses, so you can't miss it.

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Thank Irene J
Des Moines,Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had good directions on getting to site. Be prepared for a bit of a walk. Worth it though. Well done memorial as you can tell by my picture.

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Houston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a must see for my husband and it was raining, so we didn't walk out to the main part of the site, but just seeing the glasses was enough. They are right on the road, and easy to get to without any trouble.

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Thank susanwithagoodbook
Kansas City, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used the directions off the website for the Surf Ballroom and easily found this site where Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens died in a plane crash in 1959. It's about 1/3 mile walk down the mowed path in the corn field. Look for the black eyeglasses and go from there. If you are a fan of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Look for the oversized black glasses along the old country road; there's not official pull off, just park along the ditch. Its likely that the only other people you'll see on the road will also be visiting the site (we saw people as we came and again as we left). The farmer keeps the path to the site mowed (thank... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Four people died that day. Buddy Holly, Rickie Valens, the Big Bopper and Roger Peterson, the pilot. Stop by here after you visit the Surf Ballroom. They have directions and it's a short ride. The farmer maintains a path to access the memorial - thank you sir. It's about a 1/2 mile walk. The path is marked on the road... More 

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Thank Maria P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Peaceful, yet perfect tribute. Yep, there's a walk, but you can listen to the you tube videos regarding the bands and why the people on the plane were on it. The passengers were not those originally planned. Great stories about music, fate and the grace of God! Worthwhile visit!

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Omaha
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The trek through the cornfield to the site first of all brought back memories if detasseling. Then a quiet reminder of what I still think was the best music in any time. Worth the effort to see.

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