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London Bridge at Lake Havasu

London Bridge was falling down. And it made its way to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The historic bridge built in 1831 over the Thames River in London. In the 1920s engineers discovered it was slowly sinking and by 1967 it became apparent the bridge needed to be replaced with a more modern rendition. The City of London put the historic bridge up for sale.

Picture of London Bridge at Lake Havasu
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Having created a new city along the shores of Lake Havasu, the founder of Lake Havasu City, Robert McCulloch, purchased the London Bridge for just under $2.5 million with the wild intention of moving it to Lake Havasu as a tourist attraction to his new city. He pulled it off. The bridge was disassembled, transported to Arizona and reassembled crossing a small bay from the city to Lake Havasu Island. The entire project took about three years to its final reconstruction in 1971.

The bridge is the landmark icon of Lake Havasu City, AZ. The bridge lost 53 feet from its original length looks right at home at Lake Havasu. The spirit of Jack The Ripper was left in London and was not part of the purchase. The English Village was created underneath the bridge's graceful stone arches which gives an "English Flavor" to the setting. Here you will find shops, restaurants, strolling paths and limited nightlife. Find a bench and watch the parade of boats that pass under the bridge. At Spring Break, it can be quite crowded and raucous with "happy" college kids on break. Read more about Lake Havasu itself and its endless water recreation adventure.

Next time someone asks if you want to buy a bridge, don't laugh!

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