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Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

Gull Avenue Crash site is located west of intersection of 315th Street and Gull Avenue., Clear Lake, Iowa USA

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Reviewed by
kayte.sharpanton

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 12, 2017
Rated 4.0

A quick find off I-35. The official address is the corner of 315th St & Gull Ave. There you'll see a large sculpture of Buddy Holly's glasses. There's a Trail that leads down to the actual marked site. It's a nice peaceful walk. Took maybe 10 mins. There are markers for the 4 people who died and a lot of personal objects from fans left behind. It's a part of American musical history and a free experience.

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Reviewed by
MelanieFlynn

  • 20 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 27, 2016
Rated 4.0

A modest memorial to the legends and tragedy that changed music forever. Not at all what I expected, however very fitting and respectful. Thank you to the farmers who allow the public to pay their respects.

To travelers, keep your eyes peeled or you'll miss it. The coordinates are a bit off. A pair of black framed glasses is all that marks the road. A half mile walk to the site.

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Reviewed by
andyjones674

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 18, 2017
Rated 4.0

We didn't see any signs to get here, but google maps didn't steer us wrong. There were four cars besides us which was surprising because it seems very remote. We watched a short you tube video afterwards to get more on the history behind the singers who died here.

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Reviewed by
aaron.reed.549

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August 10, 2017
Rated 4.0

Quick stop off if 35. Use google maps to find as marker is incorrect. Walk to site from road is a ways but not bad.

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Reviewed by
breid7718

  • 24 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 18, 2017

The Place the Music Died is commemorated with a set of glasses on a pole and a little memorial in a corn field. Very modest memorial. The memorial was a half mile trek through the cornfields, so we settled for the glasses.

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Megan Bannister

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August 28, 2016
Rated 4.0

After visiting the Surf Ballroom and Museum, head north to pay your respects at the crash site where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and their pilot perished. A steel set of Wayfarer glasses—similar to those worn by Holly—constructed by Michael Connor of Clear Lake marks the access point to the crash site.

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Reviewed by
brandangelak

  • 13 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 30, 2016
Rated 3.0

Very easy to miss if you aren't looking closely. Basically a large pair of glasses on the side of a corn field. No plaque or anything.

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