Welcome to Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City, home of the historic London Bridge, is on the east shore of Lake Havasu on the Colorado River border of California and Arizona. McCulloch Properties, Inc. established the town in 1963 as a self-sufficient, planned community. Lake Havasu is the major population center of southern Mohave County, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. The population of Lake Havasu City in December 1975 was 15,500 and from the 2000 government census, it had increased to 41,938 and presently is above 55,000. Lake Havasu City was incorporated in 1978 and became a legal municipality in 1987.
In 1968, the London Bridge was purchased by Robert McCulloch, Sr. for the winning bid of $2,460,000. McCulloch spent another $7 million in moving the Bridge. The dismantled Bridge, once called the world's biggest jigsaw puzzle, was shipped 10,000 miles via cargo vessels across the ocean through the Panama Canal where it was stored in a seven-acre fenced storage compound. Reconstructing the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City was done in the same manner as the Egyptians built the pyramids. Today, Lake Havasu and the Bridge attract an estimated 2.5 million people and is Arizona's second highest visited historical tourist attraction.