Before we leave the Surf Ballroom, here are some facts about it. Visitors have been listening to the sounds of the Surf since 1933. Folk, country, jazz, bluegrass, polka, blues, pop, swing, rock and big band music the Surf has heard it all. It is one of the last remaining ballrooms in the Midwest and has a capacity of 2100. The entire facility is at 30,000 square feet with 6,300 square feet of hardwood dance floor.
Outside stands a memorial stone.
We'll take a short 5 mile drive north of town. Nope, they didn't get very far that cold February night.
There is no doubt when you have arrived.
Park along the road and walk in the cornfield about a quarter of a mile.
Then up ahead you see the place where no corn has been planted for over 40 years.
plus all the other offerings left behind by those before me.
Lest we not forget that someone else died that night too.
I didn't leave anything.
Instead I took a short scrawny withered ear of corn from a stalk and it now sets on a shelf in the Little House on the Highway.
Time to head back.
Believe me, for the rest of the day driving through Iowa my head was full of all I had just experienced. And for the remainder of the trip, anyone I met who was interested in where I was going and what I had seen, they heard all about my day in Clear Lake Iowa.