London Bridge is . . . in Arizona?

London Bridge Lake Havasu City, Arizona,

Contrary to the wisdom of school children everywhere, London Bridge didn’t fall down. It was disassembled in 1967, shipped to the U.S. and reassembled in Arizona.

London Bridge Lake Havasu City, ArizonaRobert McCulloch undertook the unorthodox project to draw attention and tourist dollars to the new planned community he envisioned along the banks of Lake Havasu. Forty five years later, Lake Havasu City boasts a permanent population of 52,000 with many times that number arriving annually to enjoy the lake’s water sports, natural beauty, and of course, Mr. McCulloch’s London Bridge.

Lake Havasu, Arizona

Lake Havasu, Arizona

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10 Comments on “London Bridge is . . . in Arizona?”

  1. Huw Thomas February 20, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    So that’s what it looks like!

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  2. John February 20, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    I had no idea this wonderful old bridge is here! Did some quick research on how it was brought here – amazing! Fitting really, since many Americans are of European decent.

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  3. wordsmithmagic February 20, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I always wonder what the people of London think about the situation. They have many, many bridges, but maybe it will become the subject of controversy years in the future…much like the Elgin Marbles, today.

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    • Brian February 20, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      They’re probably just happy that someone bought something they planned to replace anyway. After all, it’s just one of the many bridges to have spanned that location going back to Roman rule.

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  4. LuAnn February 20, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Haven’t seen it in awhile so glad to see it is still standing.

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  5. Georgina February 20, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    In the UK, it’s generally understood that when this bridge was being dismantled in the 1960s (it had simply become too small to cope with the volume of traffic and was being replaced), it was mistakenly purchased by a wealthy American who thought that it was the iconic TOWER BRIDGE (http://www.towerbridge.org.uk/TBE/EN/). The ‘myth’ goes on to suggest that it wasn’t until it was being rebuilt in Arizona that the mistake was discovered. I wonder…?!

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    • Brian February 20, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      McCulloch disputed the claim that he intended to buy Tower Bridge. But if you believe that, he’s got a bridge to sell you. 😮

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  6. Janice Sullivan March 4, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Our friends have a house in Havasu. We have so much fun puttering around the bridge when the wild people are not around,lol! I think it’s cool to have it here in America 🙂

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