Iowa’s Buddy Holly Memorial Is A Quintessential Roadside Attraction

For most of America, “The Day The Music Died”  – when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson tragically died in a plane crash – is commemorated in the famous Don McLean song, American Pie. Many music fans are too young now to remember the tragedy itself, but if you’re a historian or musician who grew up in Iowa, you can make the pilgrimage to the sacred site of the crash to pay tribute to the musical legends themselves.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

You can learn more about the Buddy Holly plane crash itself, and listen to the early morning radio broadcasts that broke the news to the world, right here.

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