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Did London Bridge ever really fall down?

Bonus Question : Where does the famous London Bridge exist today?

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OOO I SOOO KNOW THIS QUESTION! Why you ask? Cause I have seen the bridge with my own two eyes! The London Bridge was disassembled and rebuilt in Lake Havasu Arizonia! :mellow:

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Half right, London Bridge was replaced block by block some time ago, and so London Bridge actually still resides in London. The failing bridge, removed block by block, was sold to an American who did reconstruct it in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. If it was actually in Lake Havasu you would need Scuba gear to see it :D . Actually London Bridge has been replaced several times, if it was sold every time it was remade there'd be something like 8 or 9 of them kicking around.

That being said, the people in the US did the bridge justice. It's well worth seeing, if you're in the area. There's bugger all else in Lake Havasu City, to round out our day we went shopping at K-Mart and had lunch at Denny's.

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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. It was always in use so it never really "fell down". 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 carefully marked and rebuilt in Lake Havasu Arizonia. 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.

Lake Havasu City, which got its start as an Army Air Corps rest camp during World War II, now has over 1000 businesses, two newspapers, and a college.

The London Bridge holds the record as the largest antique ever sold!

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The last I heard I think it is in Arizona or Texas.

I don't know if it fell down though.

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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. It was always in use so it never really "fell down". 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 carefully marked and rebuilt in Lake Havasu Arizonia. 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.

Lake Havasu City, which got its start as an Army Air Corps rest camp during World War II, now has over 1000 businesses, two newspapers, and a college.

The London Bridge holds the record as the largest antique ever sold!

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Don't forget a new London Bridge was built as the old one was dismantled. So the NEW London Bridge is in London. Evidently it's exactly the same, only more robust under the skin, as the one sold to the US. They have kinds of info in Havasu, apparently there was no interuption to traffic while the bridge was being deconstrcuted/reconstructed in London.

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I thought the original "London bridge" fell after the Great Fire in the 1600s. Of course, it was "built up again".

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