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Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & “Big Bopper” Memorial – Clear Lake, Iowa — Iowa Tourism

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & “Big Bopper” Memorial – Clear Lake, Iowa

   hollysitewide.jpg Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & "Big Bopper" Memorial – Clear Lake, Iowa

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & "Big Bopper" Memorial in Clear Lake, Iowa allows those that remember the talented musicians of the 50′s to visit the place they died. For those that want to remember great music, super talent and honor their memory, the stainless steel guitar with three records is the appropriate memorial.

The memorial was created by Ken Paquette to allow people to see the exact spot the plane that carried the three to their death. The memorial is on private land so it is requested that the respect you show toward the land and area be appropriate, please don’t litter or destroy the area or memorial.

The guitar has the names Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, along with the date of the crash, 2/3/59. The records are marked with the names of the recording labels and the big hits for the three artists: "Peggy Sue" on Coral, "Donna" on Del Fi and "Chantilly Lace" on Mercury.

Titled "The Place the Music Died", the memorial is located: From U.S. Highway 18, go north on North 8th Street in Clear Lake for 4.7 miles. When the paved road (which has turned into Grouse Avenue) turns to your left (west), take the gravel road (310th Street) to your right (east), then immediately left (north) on Gull Avenue. Follow Gull Avenue to the north for one-half mile, just past the grain bins to the first fence row on your left (west). Walk along the fence row towards the west for just under one-half mile. A small memorial is located at the place the plane came to rest. 

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