Despite it being by the water and having lakefront breezes Lake Havasu is the hottest city in Arizona.
On June 29, 1994, Lake Havasu City reached 128 degrees, the highest temperature ever recorded in Arizona.
Luckily this trip we were there in early April so heat was not a factor although it was in the 80's in the daytime.
The story behind the London Bridge and Lake Havasu City always interests me.
Originally, the deserted Lake Havasu vacant land was given to the state of Arizona by the U.S. Federal Government. The federal property was an abandoned military landing strip. Robert P. McCulloch, the chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation made a deal with the state government and received the property for free with a promise to develop the land.
He planned to make it a retirement community but they could not bring in prospective buyers, because the land was far from any centers of population and had a very hot, arid climate.
McCulloch's real estate agent, Robert Plumer, learned that London Bridge was for sale and convinced McCulloch to buy it and bring it to the area to attract potential land buyers. The initial response from McCulloch was, "That's the craziest idea I have ever heard," but after consideration, he decided to go ahead and purchased it for $2.46m .
After the bridge was reconstructed, prospective buyers of land were attracted to visit the bridge and take a tour of properties for sale. Land sales improved, and McCulloch recouped all his expenses on the purchase and shipping of the bridge.
Isn't it amazing what a crazy idea can do? This one seemed to work since Lake Havasu City now has a population of about 54,000. The city was founded in 1963 and after the installation of London Bridge on October 5, 1971, London Bridge has become the second-largest tourist attraction in Arizona, after the Grand Canyon.
Besides London Bridge another thing that draws tourists are the 18 scaled-down replicas of famous lighthouses.
They are actual functioning navigational aids built to the specifications of famous lighthouses on East Coast, West Coast and Great Lakes and constructed because the City wanted to make the lake a safe place for night boating and fishing.
Our 4 days in Lake Havasu this time flew by and soon we were on the road to Fabulous Las Vegas for an exciting visit with Ginger and Frosty.