The London Bridge and It's Journey
In 1962, over ten thousand miles away, London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge could no longer handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River and the British government decided to put the bridge up for sale.
The Bridge was dismantled, each stone was numbered and everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California 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.
London Bridge crosses a narrow boating channel that connects with Thompson Bay on the Arizona side of Lake Havasu. Prior to the arrival of the London Bridge, the land upon which the bridge was placed was a peninsula. A large dredge was used to carve a one-mile channel, removing over two million cubic yards of rock and earth in the construction phase. Water was then diverted from the lake, under the bridge and then back into the lake through Thompson Bay.
To reach the bridge from I-40, go south on Arizona Highway 95, then turn left (east) on Mesquite Avenue. Turn right (south) on Lake Havasu Avenue North and then right again on McCulloch Boulevard North to drive over the bridge.
Best Place to Park and View the Bridge
Just after turning onto McCulloch Boulevard North, you'll cross over Arizona Highway 95. Before you reach the actual London Bridge, turn left into the small parking lot near the London Bridge Resort. It's an easy walk along the lower edge of the bridge to the promenade for photos. Once you walk west under the bridge, you'll see a concrete walkway ramp which leads up to the London Bridge visitor's center, where there are some historical photos and other information about the bridge and other attractions and points of interest within about a 100 mile radius of Lake Havasu City.