The entrance gate in the picture below was originally made as part of a place called Witley Court in Worchester, England. The owner's fortune declined though, and the property sold in 1920 and would be resold a few more times before a fire destroyed most everything of Witley Court. The gate was salvaged and through the same weird circumstances as the bridge, it came to Lake Havasu City.
|Entrance to the waterfront area.|
Now to muddy the waters... Four years earlier, in August 1963, twenty-six square miles of Arizona desert land that would become Lake Havasu City was purchased by a fellow named Robert McCulloch (think chainsaws). He began bringing in prospective land buyers who, upon being wined and dined, snatched up residential lots in the soon-to-be-populated city. Successful in land sales, McCulloch then turned his attention to bringing tourism to the Arizona desert town he'd created -- Lake Havasu. He just needed an attraction... Enter London Bridge sales advertisement.
|A few of these post things are original too.|
They came with the bridge.
So..... 22 million pounds of granite, in 10,276 carefully numbered pieces, was dismantled and shipped, block by block, through the Panama Canal to Long Beach, California. From there it was trucked to Lake Havasu. Re-assembly here took almost three years.
|Base of one of the lampposts... made from Napoleon's cannons.|
Armed with the facts (as presented in brochures), I now know all I need, or want to know about this very unlikely arrangement in the desert.
Interesting tidbits from the boat tour included the origin of the name of the lake and city: HAVASU. Seems the word is Native American for a color that is either blue, green or a mixture of the two... like the the water.
Also, London Bridge, as you might expect, sustained damage from German gunfire in World War II. Pock marks are easily seen in the granite. See them in the picture below.
|Damaged to London Bridge by German gunfire during WWII|
Here are some pictures of our destination, Copper Canyon.
|Ore makes the color and the white line at the water edge.|
|A recovering husband enjoys a day out.|
As Wayne continued feeling good, we took a day to drive around the city. It seems it to be an inviting playground for water sports.
|Lake Havasu City|
We will soon leave Lake Havasu City to rendezvous with Pam, Ernie, Joyce and Charlie at Camp Verde for a few days before moving on to Lake Powell.