Clear Lake’s Surf Ballroom Gains National Historic Landmark Status
The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake is best known for being the final place Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper performed before dying in a plane crash on February 2, 1959.
While The Surf is best known in association with the Winter Dance Party Tour, the ballroom has seen a whole lot of history, all of which is now honored under a new National Historic Landmark status.
On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by Laurie Lietz, executive director of the Surf Ballroom and Museum for a historical look at this Iowa treasure.
- Laurie Lietz, executive director, Surf Ballroom and Museum in Clear Lake