Thursday, March 26, 2015

London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

The drive up to Lake Havasu City was up a two lane road, with passing zones on one side at a time and then the other. There was one stretch of road that was gorgeous scenery, rock mountains - sometimes you could see the Colorado River as the road snaked between all the rock formations. I found myself wishing I had a chauffeur so that I could sightsee and take lots of photos. Unfortunately, there were very few turn-offs on my side of the road. I did manage to get a quick shot of one area shown above.

The main draw of the city, besides the lake, is the London Bridge. It was purchased in the 1960s for almost $2.5 million, then disassembled and brought over here to be re-assembled over a short span of the river. Contrary to what the old song says “London Bridge is falling down......”, it seems to be a solid bridge, as you can see from the construction.

In addition to the bridge, there are a few other items from London, such as one of the old red phone booths, and a statue of some type of mythical animal with wings on a stand that says “City of London”.

The ornate gate leading to the plaza, then down to the river and the bridge has a date on the top, 1862, the date the original bridge was completed in London.

The circular fountain in the plaza has multiple stone lions seated on the sides looking toward the fountain itself.

The bridge itself has flagpoles along each side with alternating British and American flags. There are also bronze lanterns spaced out on each side.

The city has done a nice job on the area, but it was Spring Break. I had gone down early in the morning, but wanted to be home by noon to miss all the traffic. 

1 comment:

  1. I love your pictures. That bridge does look rather solid...