The first stop we made was in Clear Lake at the Surf Ballroom. If you are not familiar with the Surf this was the last concert that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper played before their ill fated plane crash. The ballroom originally built in 1933 burned in 1947 and was rebuilt in 1948. This is a wonderfully preserved old ballroom with most of its authentic features still in place. I tried to take some pictures for you on the inside but silly me I did not have my camera only my cell phone and it was not well it enough to do it justice but if some of my friends send me some of their pictures of the inside I will be sure to post them.
I found clear lake to be a great little town with an old main street that while many building not still in their original function are still standing and many have been turned into antique stores which is what we were doing there antiquing. The photo was of a local theatre that looks like it used to be the opera house in town. Mason City also has some great attractions like Frank Lloyd Wright walking tour but it was really too hot for it this weekend so we chose the air conditioned antique malls of clear lake instead. Overall it was a fantastic weekend and I hope to visit this area again in the future when the weather is perhaps more favorable.