The Place where the Music died.....
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October 24th, 2009 – by: esterrene
Finally, on the last day we were staying in Clear Lake, I began to feel much better. Well, good enough at least to venture out for some light exploring of the area before driving to Fargo and crashing like the dead into another unknown bed.
The sun had finally came out after a few days of hiding and I had decided to find the Memorial set up for the great Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper just north of Clear Lake.
It was easy to find. Take N 8th Ave North for almost 5 miles. The road will at some point become Grouse Ave.
The ground was sopping wet still from all the rain, but the path has several grassy spots to walk on preventing some slippage in the mud.
The walk was rather peaceful and there was no one else at the site when I was visiting. Possibly because it was a chilly October day :P. The memorial was a cluttered with random objects left behind by previous visitors paying their respect to American Rock Legends. Many people left business cards, pennies, a few driver licenses, music cds, concert tickets and some jewelry. I chose to leave my artist business card with a small message written on the back. It as all I had. This past year marked the 50th Anniversary :(.
The visit was peaceful and I wish I had someone there with me to pay respects with. Its the kind of thing that one wants to reflect on with another soul..
I also went by the Surf Ballroom located in Downtown Clear Lake. They were closed for tours during the winter months so I couldn't go inside but I could see that the concert venue was still in use with a few music shows planned for this month.
R.I.P Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper. Hope your still making music where ever you may be!
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