Lake Havasu – CA/AZ

Lake Havasu – CA/AZ

It is all going on in Lake Havasu, the mecca of watersport fun in the Western United States. Every watersport conceivable happens here, and the town itself continues to boom. Lake Havasu is a large reservoir behind Parker Dam on the Colorado River, on the border between California and Arizona. Lake Havasu City sits on the lake's eastern shore. The concrete arch dam was built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation between 1934 and 1938. Prior to the dam construction, the area was home to the Mohave Indians. The lake was named (in 1939) after the Mojave word for blue. In 1962, London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge couldn't handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River. The British government decided to put the bridge up for sale, and Robert McCulloch, Founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation, submitted the winning bid of $2,460,000. The bridge was dismantled, and each stone was numbered. Everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California, and then trucked to Lake Havasu City. Reconstruction began on September 23, 1968, with a ceremony including the Lord Mayor of London, who laid the cornerstone. On October 10, 1971, the bridge was dedicated. London Bridge crosses a narrow boating channel that connects with Thompson Bay on the Arizona side of Lake Havasu.