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History of Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu was formed when Parker Dam was completed in 1938 and it was the water that first brought Robert P. McCulloch, Sr., President of the McCulloch Corporation to Lake Havasu. He was flying over the Southwest portion of Arizona, looking for a motor testing site when he spotted the abandoned Army Air Corps landing strip and rest camp which were left there after World War II. In 1963, he purchased the land and set up his testing station, which is known today as the popular launch site, Site Six.

Total land purchased for Lake Havasu City was 16,630 acres with 47 miles of shoreline. It was designed as a self-supporting city, with a balanced economy based on 40% light industry, 40% resort and recreation and 20% commercial services.
At the time, there were no houses in Lake Havasu. To house his workers, Mr. McCulloch built a 100 unit mobile home park with the Best Western and Nautical Inn being the first motels to follow. At that time, there was no post office, no television and no radio in Lake Havasu. However, gradually the businesses came and with them the homes.
 
In 1968, in order to create a centerpiece for his new city, and perhaps to boost sales, Mr. McCulloch decided to bring the London Bridge to Lake Havasu City. C.V. Wood suggested it when he was in New York and heard the bridge was for sale. Wood told McCulloch it would be a big tourist attraction and would eventually pay for itself.

On March 23, 1968, McCulloch bought the London Bridge for $2,460,000. How was the winning bid arrived at? The first question was how much it would cost London to cut the granite so it could be used again. The figure McCulloch and C.V. Wood Jr. came up with was $1,200,000 and McCulloch and C.V. Wood, Jr. then doubled that. Since McCulloch and Wood, thought someone else might figure the same way, they added $60,000 just as insurance. The reason for this figure was that Mr. McCulloch would be 60 years old when the bridge was dedicated, so, McCulloch and Wood added this amount, making the total $2,460,000. By the time the bridge was shipped and reconstructed, the cost went up to $5,000,000.

In 1971, the job was finished. The reconstruction of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City had taken a crew of just 40 workers and three years to finish, without serious injury. This was in contrast to the original construction in London, which took a crew of 800 workers, seven years to finish and 40 fatalities. The foundation stone was laid in 1969 and the bridge was completed and dedicated on October 10, 1971.

Mr. McCulloch passed away on February 25, 1977. Lake Havasu was incorporated a year later in 1978. After 3 years and approximately seven million dollars more, London Bridge was dismantled and rebuilt, connecting Lake Havasu City with an island in the lake. Reconstructing the bridge was a hugh undertaking and today stands as a backdrop for an English Village alongside Lake Havasu, complete with Tudor style buldings and shops depicting Medieval England. It's the lure of merry old England that draws year-round guests to the city and the lake. English style pubs, a playhouse, restaurants, boutiques and specialty stores can all be found in the English Village. Stroll the tree-lined walkways, stop at one of the local breweries, rent a paddleboat or take the ferry to the California side of the lake for a little gaming at the Havasu Landing Casino.

Since 1972, Lake Havasu City celebrates London Bridge Days - one of the several events held each year. Today the London Bridge attracts over 1.5 million visitors to Lake Havasu City per year, making it the second largest tourist attraction in Arizona.
 

The London Bridge and It's Journey

In 1962, over ten thousand miles away, London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge could no longer handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River and the British government decided to put the bridge up for sale.

The Bridge was dismantled, each stone was numbered and everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California 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. Prior to the arrival of the London Bridge, the land upon which the bridge was placed was a peninsula. A large dredge was used to carve a one-mile channel, removing over two million cubic yards of rock and earth in the construction phase. Water was then diverted from the lake, under the bridge and then back into the lake through Thompson Bay.

To reach the bridge from I-40, go south on Arizona Highway 95, then turn left (east) on Mesquite Avenue. Turn right (south) on Lake Havasu Avenue North and then right again on McCulloch Boulevard North to drive over the bridge.

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Sue Miller, abr, rsps, sfr, bpor
Associate Broker
Realty ONE Mountain Desert

1971 McCulloch Blvd., North
Suite 102
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
928-706-4SUE (4783) Direct
480-247-4722 Fax

Sue@HavaSueRealEstate.com

What Clients Are Saying

Dear Sue, This is to "Thank You" for your professional, timely, and energetic help in selling our condo in Sonrisa recently. You were recommended to us by another satisfied client of yours and we are so glad they made that recommendation to us. Everything they said about your service and ability was true. As you know the sale of our condo involved some involved details that needed your experience and guidance. And it had to all be done in record time. You were more than helpful and made sure our sale was completed properly and professionally in record time. I am very pleased to offer you the following testimonials. We couldn't be happier with your guidance, energy, and the outcome. We are very, very happy we selected you as the realtor to sell our condo and would recommend you strongly to anyone wanting a professional real estate experience. Ron and Gloria Hughes
Sue is extremely knowledgeable in the all aspects of real estate transactions. She also knows the Lake Havasu City area thoroughly. She works relentlessly on behalf of her clients! We moved here from out of state, and Sue spent a long 14 hour day researching & viewing homes in our price range with my husband until they found just the right home! When a questionable appraisal nearly caused our contract to fall through, Sue went above & beyond her duties, nearly sacrificing her own position, to assure that the issue was rectified. I firmly believe that any other realtor would have advised us to "move on" to another property. Sue's dedication & high ethical standards guided us through a rather messy short sale process. The bottom line is, Sue got us the home we wanted! Thank you Sue, from the bottom of my heart! You made it happen for us! Mike and Judy McClintock
Thank you so much Sue for both helping us to buy our home in Lake Havasu and selling it at top dollar when the time came for us to leave. I don't think we could have found a more knowledgeable real estate agent. No one fights for their client like you do and if we were to move back to Lake Havasu you would be the first person we would call, and would gladly recommend you to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. David and Karen Porter
Sue, I wanted to let you know how much Cameron and I appreciate you! Like I told you in person, we have worked with numerous real estate agents during all of our transfers and you are by far the "Best in the Business"!! Your honesty, persistence, and professionalism were a breath of fresh air. We were ecstatic when you found us our dream vacation home and you saw us thru the tears when we had to sell it. But we'll be back one day!!!!! Thank you again for everything my friend...hope to see you soon. If you're ever in Texas I expect a phone call :))) Cameron & Kristi Thompson
We would be very happy to give Sue Miller our highest recommendation for anyone desiring to buy or sell real estate in the Lake Havasu area. We have bought and sold properties with Sue , and every phase of the transactions were handled efficiently and professionally. Sue is very knowledgeable and personable, and we recommend her highly! Tami and Eddy Kubota
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