London Bridge is a bridge placed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.It is a repositiond 1831 bridge that formerly settled on the River Thames in London, until it was disassembled in 1967. Robert P. McCulloch from the City of London bought the bridge in 1967. McCulloch numbered the granite blocks from the original bridge and transported to America to assemble the present bridge in Lake Havasu City, a community which he established in 1964 on the shore of Lake Havasu. The construction was completed in 1971 linking an island in the Colorado River & the main part of Lake Havasu City.
The 1831 London Bridge was engineered by John Rennie and eventually the project completed by his son, John Rennie the Younger.It was observed in 1962,that the bridge is not strong enough to sustain the increased load of modern traffic, so was sold by the City of London.
Robert P. McCulloch, the chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation, founded Lake Havasu City, a real estate development on the east shore of Lake Havasu, a large lake on the Colorado River. McCulloch won the bid at the City of London’s auction in 1968 & purchased the bridge to attract the tourists to Lake Havasu, which really needed at that time. The idea went successful, The tourists and retirement home buyers showed great interest in the area.
Initially, by the U.S. federal government this deserted Lake Havasu vacant land was given to the state of Arizona. The federal property was an abandoned landing strip for the military. McCulloch made a deal with the Arizona state government to receive the property for free with a promise to develop the land.But the real estate agents faced a lot of problems in attracting prospective buyers, because the land was too far from the population area and had the climate was too hot. Robert Plumer,McCulloch’s real estate agent, knew that the London Bridge was for sale at the City of London’s auction in 1968 and he convinced McCulloch to buy it and bring it to attract land buyers.At first thought himself what a crazy idea but finally he decided to proceed with the purchase. Plumer then arranged with a cargo shipping company that was going to sail a newly built ship from Great Britain to the United States .The facing stones of the bridge were dismantled and each was numbered.Then it was transported to Merrivale Quarry where 15 to 20 cm (5.9 to 7.9 inches) was sliced off many of the original stones.The bridge arrived in pieces at the Port of Houston and then it was transported overland to Lake Havasu City, where reassembly work began in 1968 and was completed in late 1971.The original brickwork was used to dress a new concrete structure.The installation took just over three years .The bridge was not rebuilded over a river, but rather it was reconstructed on land. After completion, the Bridge was placed on the river, creating a passageway to Pittsburgh Point from the city.
After it was restructured, new potential land buyers were interested in coming to see the London Bridge and take a tour of properties for sale. Land sales got better and McCulloch recovered all of his money which he invested for the purchase and shipping of the bridge earlier.