The plane has still technical problems which will last at least a few more weeks. But we’ll do a bit sightseeing in Lake Havasu.
And there is a sensation which I didn’t know of:
Lake Havasu is the proud owner of the worlds largest and most expensive antique, the London Bridge!
In 1958, Robert P. McCulloch, Sr., American entrepreneur, flew over the Arizona desert in search of a test site for his outboard motor business. Spotting an abandoned U.S. Army Air Corps site that fronted Lake Havasu, McCulloch envisioned a planned community that would support his business ventures. C.V. Wood, mastermind behind the original Disneyland, joined the enterprise, and together they created Lake Havasu City in 1963. In 1964, McCulloch purchased 26-square-miles and was soon building his new city. With no roads or buildings, McCulloch was the true motivator behind development; creatively, he saw the London Bridge as a way to attract visitors as well as permanent residents. The famed bridge was offered for sale in 1967, with McCulloch placing the winning bid of $2,460,000 on April 18, 1968 (over $17 million in today’s dollars). McCulloch competed with several other bidders for the bridge, including entertainer Red Skelton. Terms of the sale required the new owner to pick up the bridge pieces in London and transport them at the buyer’s expense to its new location. This added $7 million to the overall costs involved, not including the land that McCulloch had already purchased in Lake Havasu City. To avoid paying a tariff on top of the purchase price, U.S. Customs & Border protection declared the bridge an antique. In 1968, London Bridge entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the largest antique ever sold!
Wow, thats something, isn’t it?
The entrance to the “English Village” shows a big dragon on which I climb, of course 🙂
It says “The boundary of the City of London, England, established in Roman times, is marked by a heraldic dragon at each entry by freeway. this dragon marks the boundary of the City of London Land in Lake Havasu city.”
I walk along the boardwalk overlooking the channel, spanned by this famous London Bridge.
After the long walk I make a stop for lunch at the Blue Chair restaurant…yummy!