Friday, July 24, 2015

Cerro Gordo County

Cerro Gordo county is home to two very different 20th century american musical icons. On one side it is the home of American broadway composer Meredith Wilson. His home town of Mason City is the inspiration for River City in "The Music Man" and thus also the inspiration for the greatest Simpsons episode ever..."Marge vs the Monorail".

and that concludes our conductor training

The county is also home to the famous Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake which was the last place Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens played before they died in a plane crash just north of Clear Lake on Feb 3rd 1959. The Ballroom is still active. On the day we stopped in we caught Whitesnake setting up.

You can walk out to a memorial in the field where the plane crashed. It's private property so please be respectful.

The glasses mark the trail to the memorial.

The courthouse was meh

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