How did the London Bridge end up at Lake Havasu?

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© Michael Hatten htt… on May 14, 2008

If I'm not mistaken.

The bridge was going to be replaced in London.

So as a Gimick to help attract snowbirds to live here they bought the bridge dismantled it brick by brick then shipped it to Havasu City and it was rebuilt.

I think The History Channel runs a story about it every now and again..

Nice shot though..:)


rsyms on May 14, 2008

Thanks Mike for that information on the relocation. Interesting that someone thought it nessisary to do that? [scratching my head over that one] What a waste of money in my opinion. About the image. I was on a business trip and was told by my supervisor to leave my camera bag at home to save on space. I did bring a little $200 digital pentax camera and was still able to get a decent image from such a cheap camera. So, nener nener to my manager.

jacobsmama on May 1, 2010

Just as a matter of interest the bridge was purchased by a wealthy man and he moved it , not to attrack snowbirds but for his love of the archetecture! It has since then become a very huge tourist can read this on a plaque on the bridge itself!

ladyspirit48 on August 12, 2011

The bridge was purchase in the late 50's by the McCulloch family who also owned many businesses, such as large engines used in planes and other things, chain saws, Natural Gas and Oil, Property Developments, and others. The city was originally created by MCO (Mcullouch Oil) Properties and the bridge constructed in the early 60's. The lake was used to test the engines in as well as a Chain Saw Plant was built there to start an infrastructure for the city. The original plan was to create another "Palm Spings" for the wealthy to retire and play. MCO would fly (chartered planes) people in from all over the US to show them the then small city and lots. They would give free drinks during the flights in order to "loosen up" the wallets of the buyers they were flying in. They sold the lots and carried the loans for them and still do to this day. MCO was bought out by a large firm in Texas in the late 80's, and the corporation divided. Lake Havasu was a haven for California and Arizona residents for many many years until drastic changes turned it into a Party Place after MTV sponsored one of thier summer parties there in the late 80's. It has continued to grow and is still a great destination for boaters and fisherman alike - just not on busy holiday weekends. Although there are a lot of wealthy people that live there, the main population is middle class homeowners who have opened businsesses there or work for others. It's one of my favorite places to go.

A City on Film on September 28, 2011

great angle!

Darin Vaughan on September 19, 2014

What Michael H. said. I didn't even know that much.If you shop at the souvenir shop's, aledgedly they have small pieces of it to sell in little bottles as souvenir's! I used have 1. LOL Could be true. Yo decide. What;s it matter. Just the thought of owning a piece of the rock(bridge) is awesome memories! Just like aledgedly we as kid's may have had real gold in vial's with water in them. LOL

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