Clear Lake, Iowa: Buddy Holly Crash SiteIt's the spot where the beloved rocker with the geek glasses and hiccup-y voice met an early end. The site is often marked with items added by visitors.
- Buddy Holly Place, Clear Lake, IA
- North of town 4.5 miles. North of town I-35 exit 197 west on 300th Street to Fir/Buddy Holly Pl., make a right and go down to 320th Street, make another right, and then the immediate next right onto Gull. Park just opposite 315th Street.
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Visitor Tips and News About Buddy Holly Crash Site
Fun place to visit and only a short drive off the Interstate.[Sam S., 08/21/2014]
The cornfield where Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper went down in 1959 always strikes us as the cheeriest of fatal crash sites. Visitors continue to leave small offerings to the rock legends -- notes, sun glasses, a can of "Buddy" soda, a bouquet of flowers -- and celebrate their lasting impact.
Grouse Avenue is closed due to construction. Instead take 300th Street to Fir, make a right and go down to 320th Street, make another right, and then the immediate next right onto Gull. Park just opposite 315th Street and you will see the famed glasses. Follow the fence which will be on your right to the memorial. Beautifully moving.[John L., 06/30/2013]
Great directions! Wouldn't have found the crash site without your help.[JayCJay, 02/14/2013]
We took a family day trip to northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. The Iowa tourist information people recommended stopping here, but didn't know the exact directions. Thanks to my good friend Google we found roadsideamerica.com. Your directions were perfect, but we came from the north and could have saved a little time by taking the County B20 exit. Never once saw any sign leading to the crash site. It's a neat little shrine commemorating everyone. A real quick and close freeway detour, worth the time for a picture and to say you have been there.[Gary & Crystal Hopkins, 11/10/2012]
Celebrity tragic ends and easy highway access don't always connect...