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Lake Havasu City, home of the historic London Bridge, is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Havasu on the Colorado River border of California and Arizona. The City was established in 1963 by Robert P. McCulloch as a self-sufficient, planned community.
McCulloch purchased the London Bridge for $2,460,000. Moving the bridge to Lake Havasu City and reconstructing it in the middle of a desert cost an additional $7 million. The bridge was dismantled and shipped by boat from England to the United States and rebuilt on a peninsula on Lake Havasu. A channel was excavated under the bridge and an English Village replication was built next to it. The opening of the London Bridge in October 1971 brought a unique attraction to Lake Havasu City, which was incorporated in 1978.
Lake Havasu City is located in Mohave County, Arizona, and encompasses 42 square miles with 428 miles of streets. Situated off of Arizona Highway 95, an 18-mile drive north leads to Interstate 40, and a 65-mile drive south leads to Interstate 10.
Visitors are attracted to Lake Havasu City each year for its calm waters and beautiful beaches. The 45-mile long Lake Havasu, formed by Parker Dam on the Colorado River, offers abundant attractions. The deep blue water with its coves and inlets makes the lake a good fishing spot for blue gill and crappie. Early mines and mining towns are scattered in the desert to the north and east of the City. For those interested in geological phenomena, within a ten-mile radius of Lake Havasu City, specimens such as volcanic rock, geodes, jaspers, obsidian, turquoise, and agate can be uncovered.
Lake Havasu is home to more lighthouses than any other city in the U.S. These 1/3 scale replicas are actual functioning navigational aids built to the specifications of famous east and west coast lighthouses. More than eighteen can be seen on the shores of the lake.
Lake Havasu City offers a broad range of community facilities including an airport, regional parks and amenities, two movie theater complexes, a library, and historical museum.
The City is proud to be the home of a shopping mall, The Shops at Lake Havasu, which opened in 2008 with over 720,000 square feet of commercial space available. The mall is anchored by Dillard's, J.C. Penney's, and Super Walmart. Additional shopping can be found in the Channel Riverwalk District and the Uptown McCulloch Main Street District which also is host to many special events throughout the year. Unique boutiques, salons, night clubs, restaurants, and performing arts facilities can be found throughout the community. VISIT WEBSITE >>>