Interactive Buddy Holly Story Map goes live a week before the 60th anniversary of Holly’s death

Buddy Holly statue in Lubbock, TX (Source: KCBD Photo)
Buddy Holly statue in Lubbock, TX (Source: KCBD Photo)
Updated: Jan. 30, 2019 at 5:10 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of the “day the music died.” On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, the Big Bopper and the plane’s pilot died in a crash outside of Clear Lake, Iowa.

On Monday, the City of Lubbock’s GIS and Data Services Department released a live interactive map on their website called the ‘Buddy Holly Story Map.’

The digital mapmakers worked with the Buddy Holly Center to get the verified information to a single place where anyone in the world could access it at any time and feel more immersed in Buddy Holly’s story the week before the anniversary of The Day the Music Died.

Sarah Johnson put the map together. She is a GIS data analyst with the City of Lubbock. “I decided to make a mock-up of the Buddy Holly app, and my boss was like oh that’s really cool. Let’s make this actually into something.”

Johnson’s boss called the Buddy Holly Center, who shared information with the department. “They were really excited about it so we’ve all been working together to make everything as accurate as possible” Johnson said.

The Buddy Holly Center’s information helped the mapmakers in a big way. “It was more of the data gathering and checking, going out and gathering photos - that was the most time consuming,” Johnson said.

Sally Abbe is the director of GIS & Data Services at the City of Lubbock. She said they wanted to make the map available before the 60th anniversary because, “that would be a nice opportunity to have one more way to showcase Buddy Holly and his importance to Lubbock.”

Johnson is a Lubbock-ite who loves Buddy Holly.

“He is part of our history," she said. "He’s actually put Lubbock on the map. We have international people come through all the time to go specifically to his grave and go see the museum. This is a way to help those coming in to go explore and find even more than they would have known about. The local community, especially with Tech students, a lot of them don’t know what is here. It’s here to help the community and everyone coming in to learn more about a huge chunk of our history.”

The City of Lubbock says they’re working on making all of their maps interactive and they already have many of those interactive maps on their website.

Click here to see the ‘Buddy Holly Story Interactive Map’

Click here to see the other interactive maps

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