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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 so worth the 1/4 mile trek through thr farm field to stand before the memorial You can almost envision the fateful flightpath from the airport that night. People like to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Clear Lake, Iowa
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Clear Lake, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is so worth the 1/4 mile trek through thr farm field to stand before the memorial You can almost envision the fateful flightpath from the airport that night. People like to leave something on the site from guitar picks to coins to business cards. Its fun to see who has been there to honor the day the music died.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Real neet trip to back to the past! The walk is like going threw a time machine! I really enjoyed the trip!,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To the property owner who maintains the site and permits visitors. We visited the site on our return from out west last fall. It was easy to find but the recent rain made it difficult to get right up to the memorial. It's nice to see that visitors revere the location, place mementos and don't desecrate the area. Thanks again.

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Tipton, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very nice place to visit would have like to see more but we ran out of time. very nice people in clear lake.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

If you get the chance this site is a place to pay your respects to Rock n' Roll. It really is out in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa. It is, however, very easy to find. I used google maps and found it easily. Park near the Buddy Holly glasses and it's about a 10 minute walk to the... More 

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Clear Lake, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

For my husband to see the spot of the crash when he'd been allowed to attend the Holly, Valens, and Richardson concert on a school night decades ago, it was poignant and for me too. When you go, if it's been raining, try walking down the center with sensible (!) shoes because Iowa's rich soil will suck your shoes off... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Good place to visit weather permitting. Go before corn gets too tall or after it is picked. There were water areas on part of the path due to rain and so we had to walk amongst the corn rows. If you have hard time walking, you might not want to go.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This location is readily findable with the last mile or so on gravel. There is ample parking along side the road - I doubt there ever a huge number of people there at the same time - and the path going to the crash site itself has thoughtfully been aided by a grass pathway. The site itself is perhaps 3/8... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I loved seeing this famous site. I have always been fascinated by the whole Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper tragedy so this was very exciting, yet sad, to see. It is only a small , rather quaint tribute to the three music stars and pilot who died here, but it is enough to feel humbled by. I loved... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

My name is Ken Paquette, a 50s fan from Wisconsin. I went to the tribute show for the first time in 1987. I wanted to see the crash site, but nobody seemed to know where it was Got lucky and talked to a farmer that was working the land at that time. He took us right to the spot.I was... More 

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