Right Here in River City

  • Start: Mason City, IA
  • End: Clear Lake, IA
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:34
  • Total Mileage: 21 Miles
  • Number of stops: 9


Music defines Mason City, Iowa and area attractions. Composer Meredith Willson modeled his Broadway musical hit The Music Man after his hometown of Mason City. Visit Willson's childhood home and Music Man Square, a downtown entertainment complex. Architecture buffs and art lovers sing Mason City, Iowa praises. Its outstanding collection of Prairie Style homes includes the 1908 Stockman House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum displays seminal American artists' works and Mason City, Iowa, native Bill Baird's famous puppets. Lunch at nearby Decker House Inn's Sour Grapes Bistro. Music memories come alive in neighboring Clear Lake, Iowa, where swing kings and 50s rockers performed at the dreamy Surf Ballroom. A few miles north, Buddy Holly fans pay tribute at the "Day the Music Died" Monument marking his deadly, remote plane crash site. Rising from the stark prairie, Cerro Gordo Wind Farm's giant turbines supply the area's free electricity.

Stop #1:

Music Man Square
Mason City, IA

Stop #2:

Meredith Willson Boyhood Home
Mason City, IA

Stop #3:

Stockman House Museum
Mason City, IA

Stop #4:

Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Mason City, IA

Stop #5:

Sour Grapes Bistro
Mason City, IA

Stop #6:

Decker House Bed and Breakfast
Mason City, IA

Stop #7:

Cerro Gordo Wind Farm
Ventura, IA

Stop #8:

Surf Ballroom
Clear Lake, IA

Stop #9:

Day the Music Died Monument
Clear Lake, IA

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