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Clear Lake in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Buddy Holly • Ritchie Valens • J. P. Richardson

In Memory Of Rock ‘N Roll Legends

 

—Their Music Lives On —

 
Buddy Holly • Ritchie Valens • J. P. Richardson Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2015
1. Buddy Holly • Ritchie Valens • J. P. Richardson Marker
Inscription.

The above legends played
their last concert at the
Surf Ballroom,
Clear Lake, Iowa,
on February 2, 1959.
Their earthly life
tragically ended in a
plane crash 5.2 miles
northwest of the
Mason City Airport.
February 3, 1959

Pilot Roger Peterson


 
Erected by Darrel R. Hein & Family.
 
Location. 43° 8.378′ N, 93° 23.386′ W. Marker is in Clear Lake, Iowa, in Cerro Gordo County. Marker is on North Shore Drive west of Buddy Holly Place, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 460 North Shore Drive, Clear Lake IA 50428, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Surf Ballroom (a few steps from this marker); Clear Lake in the Civil War (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Clear Lake in the Civil War (approx. 0.4 miles away); Iowa and the Battle of Pleasant Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx.
Surf Ballroom image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2015
2. Surf Ballroom
Man to right of entrance is looking at the Rock 'N Roll Legends marker, which is not visible in photo
half a mile away); World War Memorial (approx. 9½ miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 9½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clear Lake.
 
Also see . . .
1. Surf Ballroom History. (Submitted on October 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Surf Ballroom National Register Info. (Submitted on October 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Plane Crash May Be Re-examined (2015). (Submitted on October 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceArts, Letters, MusicDisastersEntertainment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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