You might not expect that something called the “London Bridge” would be found in Arizona, but as quirky as it sounds, that just happens to be the case. Stop by to learn the tale of how the bridge came to Lake Havasu City from over 5,400 miles away in London, England.
Originally built to replace its predecessor of the same name in 1831, the London Bridge spanned the River Thames in – you guessed it – London. When it fell into disrepair due to age and more traffic than it was designed for, the Common Council of the City of London made the decision to sell the iconic piece in the late 1960s. The winning bid came from Lake Havasu City founder, Robert P. McCulloch at about $2.46 million.
Brick by brick, the bridge was carefully disassembled in London, with each block meticulously numbered, and then reassembled about 5,400 miles away over Lake Havasu. Interestingly enough, the bridge also has a French connection. The lamps on the bridge were made from cannons used by Napoleon Bonaparte’s army.
Not only can you see European history right here in the United States, but the lake is open for outdoor and water recreation.
Lake Havasu City has your lodging needs covered. Choose from waterfront resorts, budget friendly hotels, or stay in the great outdoors with one of the many campgrounds or RV parks. Or, take a day trip from Phoenix or Flagstaff. Both are about 3 hours away.
A 90 minute London Bridge Walking Tour departs at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, October – April.
Lake Havasu Visitors Center
422 English Village
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403