London Bridge is Falling Down… Wait! What, the London Bridge is in Lake Havasu Arizona?
You might think is this a mirage or some sort of time warp due to the London bridge, sitting here smack dab in the middle of the desert! Actually the bridge sort of reminds me of the movie Sahara. Where, Mathew McConaughey's character Dirk Pitt comes across the CSS Texas, an 1865 Confederate Navy Vessel in the middle of the Sahara Desert! But how did it get there? More importantly back to Lake Havasu, Arizona. How did the London Bridge find itself in the middle of the desert and in America?
The song London Bridge is Falling Down is known worldwide. In fact, I can remember singing it myself as a child. London Bridge is Falling Down is a traditional English Song that dates back to the 17th century and came from The bridge been destroyed, As a result the London Bridge has been rebuilt and repaired many times. The original bridge dates back hundreds of years to Roman times. Learn more about the rich history of the London Bridge from a fellow Travel Blogger at Salt & Sandals!
The London Bridge of Lake Havasu
That brings us to our main attraction, The London Bridge of Lake Havasu, Arizona USA! Lake Havasu Brings in over 750,000 tourists every year to this small city of just over 52,000 residents! The lake itself is actually a reservoir and was formed after the construction of the Parker Dam, off the Colorado River in 1934. The Mojave Indians occupied the desert space Prior to 1934 and Lake Havasu was named in 1939 for the Mojave word meaning Blue!
The actual city was not established until 1963. Robert McCulloch purchased a large chunk of desert land for development that same year. There wasn't much there and as a result many people were not interested in coming to Lake Havasu ! Not to mention that the waterways made it difficult to navigate. Robert had heard of the dismantling plans for the London Bridge in 1967 and he had this wacky idea to purchase the bridge and put it in the middle of the desert!
The London Bridge of Lake Havasu was originally built in 1831 because the bridge could no longer handle the load of traffic and so the City of London sold the bridge too non-other than Robert McCulloch in 1967. The bridge was brought over by ship in pieces, but I’m not quite clear how it was transported by land. Seems like a lot of work to move a bridge across oceans and then across the desert! 1971 marks the completion of the Bridge and the bridge is celebrated and adorned with British and American flags to this day!
Tourist Paradise, Visit Lake Havasu
Robert Mcculloch was Successful in his vision to bring in tourist, business and settlers. Lake Havasu, Arizona is a spectacular place to add to your holiday destination. There is so much to do in this tiny little city. With over 60 miles of waterways, you can bask in the sun, take a boating excursion or join in on the Bass fishing! There are many cycling and hiking trails. You can also take advantage of the beautiful golf courses and excellent restaurants! My Favorite spot to eat was Barley Bros Restaurant and Brewery because the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese is divine! Lastly, Of course you can take a picture of yourself on the London Bridge! As an American living in England and never having been to London myself, I find it just a bit comical to have been on the London Bridge!