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Arizona Import - Iconic London Bridge
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Lake Havasu City is a cute little town. It got its start as an Army Air Corps rest camp during World War II, and has now over 1,000 businesses, two newspapers and a college. All thanks to a Bridge not falling down!
How did the world famous London Bridge come to make its unusual home in Arizona? In 1967, the Common Council of the City of London looked for buyers of the bridge. In 1968 Lake Havasu City founder and entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch placed the winning bid of $2,460,000. Each block was meticulously numbered before the bridge was disassembled. The blocks were then shipped overseas through the Panama Canal to California and trucked from Long Beach to Arizona. Following reconstruction of the London Bridge, Lake Havasu City rededicated it in a ceremony on October 10, 1971. The bridge is now shorter than it used to be. When it was rebuilt, almost 60 of its original 1005 feet were removed.
Despite the fact that the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City is just a shameless tourist attraction in the middle-of-nowhere, I still enjoyed seeing the scars from WWII that mar the bridge's granite surface, the vintage lamps on the bridge made from melted down cannons of Napoleon Bonaparte's army, and strolling over the sparkling Bridgewater Channel Canal.
April 21st, 2012
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