Is it Worth Visiting the London Bridge?

The London Bridge, steeped in history and folklore, has found an unexpected home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, captivating visitors with its intriguing past and stunning architecture. Visitors to the London Bridge in Lake Havasu have spun tales of ghostly encounters, including sightings of a British police bobby and a mysterious woman in black haunting the night. Despite these eerie rumors, our trip to the bridge was a success, albeit devoid of supernatural events. We marveled at the bridge’s journey from London to Arizona, orchestrated by Mr. Robert McCulloch, a chainsaw magnate with a penchant for unique attractions.

By the London Bridge

  Purchased by Robert McCulloch in 1968 from the city of London for $2,400,000, the bridge faced the threat of sinking into the River Thames due to heavy traffic. Piece by piece, it was meticulously dismantled, numbered, and transported by cargo ship to Long Beach, California, via the Panama Canal. From there, it was trucked to Lake Havasu and reassembled over the Bridgewater Canal, a process that cost more than the bridge itself.

Who is McCulloch:

He’s a man of many talents, primarily specializing in the chainsaw industry. After purchasing a sizable piece of land (26 sq miles) on the shores of a lake, he decided to open a chainsaw plant. Seeking to draw people to the town, he entertained the idea of a big bridge. The humorous twist? The bridge was constructed in a location that wasn’t previously an island, and the necessity for a bridge was questionable. Yet, following its construction, the city opted to carve a canal, effectively transforming the peninsula into an island.

London Bridge

On the Bridge

While not the original London Bridge dating back to the 12th century, this bridge replaced a newer version built in 1831 that served traffic until 1960. Walking along its span of 930 feet, one can’t help but feel transported back in time, especially with the ornate lampposts lining the bridge, made from cannons captured by the British from Napoleon’s army after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. These lampposts overlook the Bridgewater Channel, adding a surrealistic touch to the bridge’s ambiance.

On the Bridge

Connecting to an island, the bridge offers breathtaking views of the Colorado River and Lake Havasu. Despite the initial challenge of climbing its old staircase, the experience of traversing the bridge is akin to stepping into a medieval era. The surrounding area boasts beautiful restaurants and bars, perfect for admiring the bridge’s grandeur while enjoying a refreshing $6 margarita after a long walk.

Exploring the area along the canal reveals a stunning landscape, bustling with activity. From bikers cruising down the trail to boats filled with visitors enjoying the waters, there’s no shortage of things to do. Fishing, boating, paddleboarding, and swimming are among the many activities available, with numerous boat rental places and cruises offering a taste of the Colorado River’s waters.

A stroll along the Canal

The bridge, standing since 1971, has become a home for thousands of swallows nesting underneath. These birds, gathering mud pellets from the shoreline of the Bridgewater Channel, add a natural charm to the bridge’s underside.

Enjoying the Cruise 

In the evening, a cruise boat offers a delightful journey from the bridge to a nearby casino and resort at Havasu Landing. While most passengers head to the casino for some gambling fun, the cruise itself is a pleasant experience, offering a unique perspective of the area.

Enjoying the water

Despite a rocky beach making wadding in the water difficult, my family’s adventure at the London Bridge was undoubtedly memorable. It’s a place where history, nature, and leisure come together, offering a unique and unforgettable experience for all who visit.

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