We all have heard the nursery rhyme “London bridge is falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, My Fair Lady” . That was the condition of the 140-year old London Bridge, which was sinking into the clay of London’s Thames river, when it was bought by Robert McCullouch. In the 1960’s the bricks from the bridge were flown to America and re-assembled, in a a newly dugout lagoon, alongside Lake Havasu.
Many years later, the Bridge that spans the lake, is one of the most visited places in Arizona, being a popular place for weekend get-a-ways by residents from the nearby communities and for longer stays by visitors from further away. The area attracts both water lovers and desert lovers, as it’s crystal clear waters and sunny skies is the perfect environment for a holiday.
1. Four-wheel drives, motorcycle, dune buggies, rock climbing, or go-kart racing can all be enjoyed on the 1275-acres that includes, parking, restrooms and lots of sand dunes.
2. Boating, there are 7 Marinas and those who do not bring thei ownboat can always find one for rent.
3. Swimming in the warm waters of the lake or basking on one of the many beaches.
4. Fishing from a boat or off one of the docks in the lake. There is large and small mouth Bass, Stripers and Cat fish.
5. Go airborne on a bi-plane, para-sailing, hot air ballooning or parachuting the choice is yours
for those who prefer less activity they can go bowling, visit the Havasu Museum of History, catch a movie in one of the many cinemas or indulge in one of the most popular past times – shopping. There are 3 distinct shopping districts, Historic Main street on McCullouch Blvd; The Island Fashion Mall across London Bridge and the shops at Lake Havasu in the north end of town.
No visit to the old west would be complete without the ever present ghost stories, and Havaau is no different. Tours operate, for those brave enough or foolish enough, to participate and often includes some of the following tales
1. The tale of Lizzy the prostitute, whose husband was not aware of how she earned extra cash. One night he set out to play cards with the boys at a local saloon, which is now the Red Banjo Pizza Parlour, but realized he had forgotten his lucky silver coin, so he returned to his room at the Imperial where he quickly learned what Lizzy did, out came his gun and he shot them both dead in her bed. The john that night must have had a beard, because Lizzy loved men with beards, as the manager of the hotel discovered in the 90s, he has remained clean shaven ever since be sure you are too especially if you stay in room eight.
2. The man in the yellow slicker in Daly canyon. Officer Howard was on patrol one night, near Daly Canyon, feeling sleepy he stepped out of his patrol car to take a walk and wake up. Suddenly he got the feeling he was being stalked, maybe by a cougar, jumping back into the car he saw a figure, in a yellow slicker, in his rear view mirror, floating. As he pulled away the image stayed the same size in the mirror, following until the dirt road became pavement. Now any calls for Daly Canyon are not answered by Officer Howard, he still will not go up there. The man in the yellow slicker is a death warning to old miners – if you see him, you die – Howard was lucky he saw him through a mirror.
There are lots more stories to be told, when in Lake Havasau, take a Ghost tour and hear them all.