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Plane Crash Site – The Day the Music Died

Plane Crash Site – The Day the Music Died

Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

A stainless steel guitar and a set of three stainless steel records marks the exact spot where the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & JP ”The Big Bopper” Richardson came to rest following their final concert at the Surf Ballroom. In 2009, a second monument was erected on the 50th anniversary of the tragedy honoring their pilot, Roger Peterson. The outdoor memorial is located just under 1/2 mile along the fence row in a field north of Clear Lake. There is a large pair of black rimmed glasses marking the trail head on Gull Avenue.

Hours: Memorials are located on private property. Visitors are asked to respect their rights while visiting.

Directions from Highway 18/Highway 122:

  • Go North on N. 8th St. (Co. Rd. S28/Grouse Avenue) for 4.7 miles
  • Turn Right (E) on the gravel road – 310th Street
  • Turn Left (N) on Gull Ave. Continue 1/2 miles to trail marker located just past the grain bins to the first fence row on your left (W)
  • Walk along the fence (W) 1/2 mile. A small memorial is located at the place the plane came to rest.

Admission: Free

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