Wonders in the West Again travel blog

On Highway 261

On Highway 261

On Highway 261

On Highway 261

The Southwest is Covered in Sunflowers Right Now!

On AZ 95 North of LHC

AZ 95

Our Windshield View

Our Side View

The Beast After a Bath!

London Bridge

London Bridge

English Village

 

 

 

 

 

London Bridge Many Years Ago in London

Present

Split Rock Lighthouse Replica

 

 

South on AZ 95 near Parker Dam

 

Parker Dam

Parker Dam

 

They're not on the road, they're on a golf course!

A Beautiful Place to Live?

Havasu Springs Resort Golf Course

A Lofty Green

On Old Rte. 66 Heading to Oatman

 

 

 

Funky Town of Oatman, AZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Squiggly Road

Wild Burros

 

Colorado River Near Laughlin, NV

Laughlin, NV

 


When we arrived in Lake Havasu City, AZ on Thursday afternoon I stepped out of the motorhome and felt like I had just entered hell! It was 109 degrees and the sun was blazing hot! I knew it would be hot here but WOW! I’ll take a little humidity anytime over this dry, searing heat. Thank God the RV Park has a pool which we’ve made good use of!

Anyway, I’ve wanted to visit LHC for a long time. I first heard of it back in the 1960s when I read that a fellow had bought the London Bridge and was moving it to Arizona. What? Then when we were flying back from LA a couple of years ago we flew over the area and the pilot pointed out the bridge; you could see it crossing over the sparkling blue-green water of Lake Havasu surrounded by hundreds of miles of desert. I immediately added it to my “bucket list”.

Info: In April 1968 the founder of Lake Havasu City, Robert McCulloch bought the bridge for $2,460,000. Each block was meticulously numbered before the bridge was disassembled. The blocks were shipped overseas through the Panama Canal then trucked from Long Beach, CA to Arizona where the bridge was reconstructed. After the relocation and reassembly the total cost of the bridge was $5.1 million.

Lake Havasu is formed by the Colorado River with the Davis Dam near Laughlin, NV and the Parker Dam at the south end of the lake. It is 45 miles long and 3 miles at its widest. It is, of course, a center for all water sports. Almost every home here has both an RV and a boat parked in the yard.

It is as beautiful here as I expected. The desert is stark but gorgeous, and the lake is stunning with water the color of the Caribbean. The town is much larger than I expected with a population of 52,527. It was founded in 1963 and incorporated in 1978. I believe it must have grown tremendously in the last few years based on the new housing developments and a just-opened, beautiful new shopping center north of town anchored by Dillards and Penney’s. There’s also a new Wal-Mart next to the shopping center.

Believe it or not there are lighthouses in Arizona. Twenty functioning one-third-scale replicas of famous lighthouses stand along the shore of Lake Havasu providing navigational aid.

Today we took a drive to the funky little town of Oatman which is hard to describe. It looks just as though it probably looked 100 years ago with leaning buildings, board sidewalks and burros roaming the street. Most of the tourists looked like bikers so it must be a famous biking destination. From there we took another squiggly road to Kingman, AZ then up to Laughlin, NV.

Laughlin is a mini Las Vegas located on the Colorado River. We stopped at the Golden Nugget for lunch and dropped a little money, very little, in a slot before heading back to LHC. We also visited the Davis Dam so we've now seen all four of the Colorado River dams.

Tomorrow we leave for Sequoia NP with an overnight stay in Barstow, CA.



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