In 1962, London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge couldn’t handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River. The British government decided to put the bridge up for sale, and Robert McCulloch, Founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation, submitted the winning bid of $2,460,000.
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.
The London Bridge, currently located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA, was originally constructed in London, in 1831. By 1962, the bridge was not structurally sound enough to support the increased load created by the level of modern traffic crossing it, and it was sold by the City of London to Robert McCulloch, the founder of Lake Havasu City.
The bridge facing stones were carefully disassembled and each piece was numbered. After the bridge was dismantled it was transported to Merrivale Quarry where 15 to 20 cm was sliced off many of the original stones. These were shipped to the bridge’s present location and re-assembly began in 1968. The original stone was used to clad a concrete structure, so that the bridge is no longer the original after which it is modeled. The reconstruction took slightly over three years and was completed in late 1971. Today, it serves as a popular tourist attraction for the city.
Celebrated the best day of the year on the water in Lake Havasu City, AZ (temperature 122F/50C.). The place is seriously gorgeous, offering photo-ops for photographers who enjoy anything from landscape, to (wild) portrait, to action. Particularly like this unedited shot; crazy how the boat stayed still for the three second exposure
This is my friend Tara who lives in Lake Havasu, she talked to me months ago about me doing her senior photos and it made me feel really good because she waited until i went down this month (in January) and we got to meet up and shoot.
On October 10, 1971, after being sold, disassembled, moved, and reassembled, the London Bridge opened to the public – in Lake Havasu City, Arizona!
After spanning the river Thames from 1831 until the 1960s, the London Bridge was beginning to outlive its welcome in Britain. The Common Council of the City of London decided that instead of demolishing the bridge to make room for the new one, the city should try to sell it. They were not optimistic about finding a buyer, but on April 18, 1968, the bridge was sold to American businessman Robert P. McCulloch who oversaw the transport and reconstruction of the bridge over the Bridgewater Channel.