14 Jul The London Bridge
I have lived in Lake Havasu City since the 7th grade and still I can’t seem to recall much history about The London Bridge. I mean, I know the basics…It was brought over from London (obviously), there’s that whole song “London Bridge is Falling Down” (who hasn’t heard that??), but really what is the history behind it all? I decided to find out!
So here’s a little boring history for ya. The London Bridge used to call the River Thames in…wait for it…London, England home. It was sadly dismantled after the City of London decided it was not fit to support the increase in traffic and so they decided to sell it. The London Bridge was bought by Robert McCulloch who also happens to be the founder of Lake Havasu City. Mr. McCulloch brought The London Bridge to Lake Havasu in an attempt to lure tourists out this way. Man did it work! People have been traveling to Lake Havasu City just to see The London Bridge for years. The London Bridge landed stateside at the Port of Hudson and was brought into Lake Havasu City where it was reassembled in 1968. It now connects the main land of Lake Havasu City to the island and overlooks the Bridgewater Channel Canal. The coolest part in my opinion: The London Bridge is still made up of it’s original stone.
Over the years there have been many rumors of The London Bridge being haunted. Perhaps Jack the Rippers soul was brought over with the original stone and now haunts Lake Havasu City…Unfortunately for horror fans, The London Bridge has brought more smiles from history buffs and first time spectators than any haunted experiences. The London Bridge has become part of Lake Havasu City. I can’t imagine our quaint little river town without it and I think many times Havasuvians take for granted their daily drive over such a historic piece. For our sake I hope the nursery rhyme is wrong. The London Bridge never falls down.