Buddy Holly Crash Site

It’s been immortalized by Don McLean as “The Day the Music Died.”

On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll pioneers: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson.

In 1988, Ken Paquette, erected a stainless steel monument depicting a steel guitar and a set of three records bearing the names of each of the three performers. The monument is located on private farmland, about one quarter of a mile west of the intersection of 315th Street and Gull Avenue, five miles north of Clear Lake. A large set of Wayfarer-style glasses, similar to those which Holly was known for wearing, sits at the access point to the crash site.

Paquette also created a similar stainless steel monument to the three musicians located outside the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where Holly, the Big Bopper and Valens played on the night of February 1, 1959. A road originating near The Surf Ballroom and extending north past the west of the crash site is now known as Buddy Holly Place.

(excerpted from Wikipedia)