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Did you know that London Bridge was in America?


This is the bridge called London Bridge and not what others perceive as the Tower Bridge. Once upon a time, the fate of this bridges predecessor was decided upon to be demolished and replaced with a new, more modern one. But instead of turning it into a heap of rubble, Ivan Luckin, who was a former journalist and PR man for the body responsible for all the city bridges during that time, intervened and sold it to an American named Robert P. McCulloch for £2M 1n 1968. McCulloch was an industrialist who some people think fit the description of someone with more money than sense.

London Bridge in the early morning, Havasu, Arizona, United States of America, North America

London Bridge on Lake Havasu, Arizona

Thus, the bridge was broken down brick by brick and shipped to America where it was reassembled next to Lake Havasu in Arizona. It still stands there up to this day.

It is believed McCulloch thought he was buying the Tower Bridge, a legend some Americans deny. But whether the report is true or not, who knows?


Credits and References:
Image 2: telegraph.co.uk
Robert Maguire

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  • Claire October 27, 2016, 1:08 pm

    Wow I had no idea this existed! Cool fact, will have to remember that for next time im down the pub!
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  • Melody Pittman October 26, 2016, 12:14 am

    What a cool history fact. I love the London Bridge and had no idea about this. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Vyjay October 25, 2016, 12:52 am

    This is a fascinating piece of history. Yes facts are many times stranger than fiction. A bridge dismantled and then reassembled, wow what a time that must have been!
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  • Elisa October 24, 2016, 1:20 pm

    Interesting story. I am glad to know that I learned sth new today!

  • Llamateurs October 24, 2016, 12:19 pm

    ExactlyWho knows? 🙂

  • Angela October 23, 2016, 9:44 pm

    Until I visited London, I didnt realize the confusion between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Now Im in the know about that and this fun fact. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Lisa October 23, 2016, 3:16 pm

    Yes, I was aware of this and love the history to it. Great place to visit too!
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  • Corinne October 23, 2016, 6:32 am

    I did know that London Bridge was in America. Never have seen it, though.
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  • Emily October 22, 2016, 8:21 pm

    Id heard of this but have never seen a photo of the original now in America. It does look very London! How lovely that its still in use rather than being destroyed. And Id also heard that the purchaser thought hed bought Tower Bridge, and that he was pretty unhappy about it! I can see why if its true
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  • Danik The Explorer October 22, 2016, 7:26 pm

    One of the famous (and biggest cock up) stories between AMerica and the UK. 🙂 Great post 🙂

    • Jemina Sentina October 23, 2016, 8:21 pm

      I must be from a different planet, because it was a surprise news to me. 😂

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