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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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Can only imagine when they got the call back at Clear Lake that their plane never arrived at their destination and sent out a search party to find the wreckage. Only the good die... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
James F
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Can only imagine when they got the call back at Clear Lake that their plane never arrived at their destination and sent out a search party to find the wreckage. Only the good die young!

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located minutes off I-35, after driving on a gravel road, the glasses come in sight. Park along the road and walk the path to the actual site. Nice tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have always wanted to visit this and I did today!! Parking on the shoulder of a gravel road, you see the "Buddy Holly" glasses but walk down the mowed pathway. It leads you to the actual crash site and memorial. It's a beautiful place this time of year with crops growing. Upon my visit, there was another couple from out... More 

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Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No parking except along the dirt road that boarders the field where Buddy Holly's plane went down. You will see a large pair of glasses out by the road. Park and walk through the fields to the site. According to the newspaper account, 4 Feb 1959, no one was aware the plane had crashed until the much later in the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For anyone interested in the history around the Buddy Holly air crash, this site is definitely worth the visit. A short walk along a track adjacent to the fence where the crashed plane came to rest brings you to the spot where "the music died". A very tasteful small memorial is well done A special "thank you" to the owners... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very somber site; four lives cut short from a plane crash: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P "the big bopper" Richardson, and the pilot. Plane only travelled a few miles after take off.

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very tasteful memorial at the site where "the music died". No parking lot, but it's a gravel road with minimal traffic, so just park at the road's edge. It's a half mile walk one way to the crash site, but the landowner keeps the wide path mowed. Be aware that this is a farm field and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're a music lover, nostalgic for the era and about Holly and the others who died then you definitely should make the trip. It's a unique site- the glasses sculpture at the roadside is wonderful- NO advertising is great- keeps the mystique. I'm not sure who is right about the actual memorial in the field- the ones who say... More 

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Clear Lake, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice memorial for the site. Kind of small, but it doesn't need to be any larger, because it is a humble reminder of what happened there, and not meant to be some big money grab attraction. Is a little tricky to find if you are unfamiliar with the area, so don't worry if you have trouble doing so at... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not the easiest place to fine as it is actually in a field that is farmed. Not much to see here except the plaque in the photo

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