Interesting facts about the London Bridge
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About London Bridge
London Bridge is a bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. It was built in the 1830s and was previously slung across the Thames in London, England. It was disassembled in 1967 and moved to Arizona. The bridge in Arizona is a reinforced concrete structure finished with the original masonry of the 1830s bridge that was purchased by Robert P. McCulloch from the city of London.
Here are some facts about London Bridge in Lake Havasu City:
- London Bridge is said to be haunted. Visitors have reported seeing a British police bobby guarding the bridge and a lady in black roaming the night for years.
- The London Bridge has become a movie star! It has appeared in films such as "Bridge Across Time, aka Terror on the London Bridge" (1985) and "Day of the Wolves" (1971).
- The bridge's historic lighting is built from melted-down cannons from Napoleon Bonaparte's army.
- The bridge's inside is hollow since it was reconstructed to allow automobile traffic. Rather than utilizing solid granite blocks, a steel framework was faced in granite during the reassembly of the London Bridge, reducing its weight from 130,000 tons to 30,000 tons while reinforcing the structure.
- The London Bridge has been transformed into a green space! The white-yellow colors of the newly installed LED lights that line the bridge give it a vintage aspect akin to the original gaslights. At the same time, the energy-saving bulbs make the bridge ecologically friendly.
- The London Bridge, Arizona's second-largest tourist attraction, second only to the Grand Canyon, continues to bring tens of thousands of visitors to Lake Havasu City each year.
- Thousands of swallows have made their homes on the London Bridge's underbelly, where they have constructed nests out of mud pellets collected from the Bridgewater Channel's coastline.
- The rebuilding of the bridge was completed without the use of water.
- The New London Bridge was built in 1831 and quickly became one of the city's busiest sites. In 1896, it was projected that 8,000 passengers and 900 vehicles crossed the bridge per hour.
- The London Bridge still retains World War II wounds, including bullet holes from German machine guns.