Holly, Valens and Bopper fans from around the world leave all kinds of memorabilia at the crash site five miles north of Clear Lake. A plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and pilot Roger Peterson crashed here during the early morning hours of Februray 3, 1959 after performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. The original marker was installed in 1990. A marker honoring Peterson was erected in 2009 just east of this marker.

REMEMBER: is an online photo retrospective of events, people and places compiled by Jeff Heinz of the Globe Gazette. Heinz is a Mason City native and has worked at the Globe for over thirty-three years.