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Lake Havasu City in Mohave County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

London Bridge

 
 
London Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Stroud, circa November 2003
1. London Bridge
Inscription.  
Opened By
The Right Honorable The Lord Mayor Of London
Alderman Sir Peter Studd G.B.E.M.A.D.Sc.
In The Presence Of
The Honorable Jack Williams
Governor Of Arizona
October 10, 1971
Robert P. McCulloch Sr          C.V. Wood Jr.
          Founder                         Master Planner
      Lake Havasu City              Lake Havasu City

 
Erected 1971.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsLandmarksNotable Events. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1864.
 
Location. 34° 28.292′ N, 114° 20.861′ W. Marker is in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, in Mohave County. Marker is on Arizona Route 95 south of McCulloch Blvd. N when traveling south. Marker is in the plaza. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Havasu City AZ 86403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert P. McCulloch, Sr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Founders (about
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600 feet away); British – American Friendship (about 700 feet away); James A. Wheeler Park and Freedom Fountain (approx. 0.7 miles away); "Site #6" (approx. 2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Alive and Well In Arizona. (Submitted on December 21, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Wikipedia entry for the London Bridge. (Submitted on December 21, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. London Bridge
On 18 April 1968, Rennie's bridge was sold to the American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch of McCulloch Oil for US$2,460,000. A popular urban legend is that he believed mistakenly that he was buying the more impressive Tower Bridge, although McCulloch denied this. As the bridge was disassembled, each piece was numbered to aid reassembly and those markings can still be seen today. The bridge was reconstructed at Lake Havasu City, Arizona and re-dedicated on October 10, 1971. The reconstruction of Rennie's London Bridge spans a man-made canal that leads from Lake Havasu to Thomson Bay, and forms the centrepiece of a theme park in English style, complete with mock-Tudor shopping mall. Rennie's London Bridge has become Arizona's
Sidewalk Across image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Stroud, November 2003
2. Sidewalk Across
second-biggest tourist attraction, after the Grand Canyon.
    — Submitted December 21, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
City of London image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Stroud, November 2003
3. City of London
At the Bridge Park
Bridge view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Stroud, circa November 2003
4. Bridge view
The bridge was dismantled, and each stone was numbered. Everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California, and then trucked to Lake Havasu City. Reconstruction began on September 23, 1968, with a ceremony including the Lord Mayor of London, who laid the cornerstone. On October 10, 1971, the bridge was dedicated.
Span View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Stroud, November 2003
5. Span View
The version of London Bridge that was rebuilt at Lake Havasu consists of a concrete frame with stones from the old London Bridge used as cladding. Not all of the bridge was transported to America, as some was kept behind in lieu of tax duties. The remaining stone was left at Merrivale Quarry on Dartmoor in Devon, so a large part of Rennie's bridge never left the UK. When Merrivale Quarry was abandoned and flooded in 2003, some of the remaining stones were sold in an online auction.
London Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael D Martin, April 9, 2009
6. London Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,101 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 21, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on January 16, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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