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Oct. 10, 1971: At the dedication of the rebuilt London Bridge in Lake Havasu City are from left: the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Peter Studd, C.V. Wood Jr., Arizona Gov. Jack Williams and Robert P. McCulloch Sr., the developer of Lake Havasu City who bought the bridge. This photo was published in the Oct. 11, 1981 Times to illustrate a 10th-anniversary story.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Library file photo

September 1971: With $7,000 in prizes up for grabs, Lake Havasu City residents show off costumes for the upcoming October 1971 dedication of the London Bridge. This photo was published in the Sept. 26, 1971 Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mary Frampton / Los Angeles Times

March 18, 1968: Holding pieces of stone from the London Bridge are, from left, Ivan Luckin, London councillor, London City Engineer Harold King and British Consul Gen. A.A.E. Franklin. Luckin and King were in Los Angeles to sell the bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

July 4, 1968: A piece of the London Bridge stonework is unloaded at Long Beach Harbor on its way from London to Lake Havasu City.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

May 19, 1969: Sections of the London Bridge are unloaded at the Port of Long Beach after arrival on the Swedish ship Agne.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerry Ruhlow / Los Angeles Times

August 1971: Water again flows under the London Bridge, but it's from the Colorado River, not the Thames. Dredging of a waterway for the relocated bridge at Lake Havasu City is nearing completion. This photo was published in the Aug. 10, 1971 Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Cormier / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 17, 1971: The reconstructed London Bridge at Lake Havasu City is almost finished except for landscaping.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mary Frampton / Los Angeles Times

September 1971: An aerial photo of London Bridge at its new home in Lake Havasu City several weeks before its dedication.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mary Frampton / Los Angeles Times

March 31, 2005: Brandt Fletcher, 4, looks at the water at Lake Havasu City as the London Bridge towers above.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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Oct. 10, 1971: The London Bridge is dedicated at its new home at Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Bought in 1968, the bridge pieces were shipped from London and reassembled.

Dick Turpin, Real Estate Editor, reported in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times:

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – A bizarre ceremony combining hoary English pomp and Arizona informality put the venerable London Bridge back to work here Sunday as 25,000 witnessed an unlikely pageant.

Industrialist Robert P. McCulloch Sr. (oil, chainsaws and real estate), as the city’s founder, hosted Sir Peter M. Studd, lord mayor of London, a retinue of aldermen, other London officials, their ladies and 17th century pikemen at the dedication of the granite antique….

McCullough bought the 140-year-old bridge for $2.46 million from the city of London. It could no longer accommodate modern London traffic and had to be replaced.

The project has cost more than $7 million but McCulloch expects the concrete and granite span (952 feet by 50 feet) to become a tourist magnet as part of an international complex of shops, restaurants and hotels…

McCullough purchased the bridge to increase tourism and fuel Lake Havasu City’s growth. In 1971, Lake Havasu City had a population of 8,000. Today it’s more than 55,000.

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  1. October 9, 2013, 10:33 am

    Thanks for sharing about the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City – tomorrow is the 42nd anniversary of its rededication! For more info on Lake Havasu City,

    By: Michelle Gardia
  2. October 9, 2013, 4:24 pm

    This is the reason Lake Havasu City is where we're sittin today!

  3. October 11, 2013, 6:51 pm

    I was not aware of this, or I forgot about it. London Bridges Falls down !

    By: Daisy Cavallaro

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