Arizona-California 2016

Arizona, Lake Havasu City

Hello my dear blog readers. I would like to share with you pictures and information from this new trip. This time it will be southern California. Before we go there, we spent few hours and one night in Lake Havasu City in Arizona. A cute place to visit for few hours and a destination for “springbreakers”. Lots of young students, playing music and walking around the heart of the city in their swimming suits.

But first let’s take the scenic road 95:

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The history of Lake Havasu City is very unusual.

In 1963, Robert McCulloch, owner of McCulloch Motors, was flying over Lake Havasu looking for a place to test his outboard engines. He thought that the land surrounding Lake Havasu had great potential for an emerging city. Lake Havasu City was established in September the same year.

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In 1964, the land had only one unimproved road into the city. McCulloch needed a way to get prospective buyers to the new city; so he chose air charter. Between 1964 and 1978, 2,702 flights brought 137,000 potential land buyers to Lake Havasu City in a huge sales push that targeted mainly people from colder climates.

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Lake Havasu City’s claim to fame is the real London Bridge, brought here from England. The bridge was built as a conventional structure clad with the original granite to retain its antique look. The bridge was reconstructed on a dry piece of land. The land was then dredged from underneath the bridge, creating Bridgewater Channel and “The Island” across the bridge. On October 10, 1971, the completed bridge was formally dedicated in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 American and British spectators and dignitaries.

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Here are few more English accents you can find in this town. A little bit of Europe in the middle of the American desert:

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There is more to see in Lake Havasu City:

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Source: http://www.golakehavasu.com/

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1 Comment

  1. Basia
    March 13, 2016 at 11:02 pm — Reply

    Wow, so strange but cool!

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