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c. 1824 London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona USA

homemade "picassocam" pinhole camera, paper negative, 45 second exposure, scanned and post processed in Photoshop. (including sepia toning and some added vignetting)


There has been a London Bridge over the Thames, legend has it, since the year 43 CE! However, it seems that only one of these versions of London Bridge was rebuilt somewhere else....


This is the c. 1824 London Bridge, which was discovered to be sinking into the Thames in 1968, due to the modern traffic load. The bridge was sold to Robert McCulloch for $2,460,000 (US), and shipped half way around the world in blocks, to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.


The bridge was rebuilt under the supervision of Nottingham civil engineer Robert Beresford. To withstand modern traffic, the rebuilt bridge has a steel reinforced concrete core. The grand opening of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu was October 10, 1971.


We visited London Bridge over Lake Havasu in January. We walked and drove over it, walked and paddled under it, and made several pictures and video of it. Here we are, on the southwestern side of the bridge (the island side) , along Bridgewater Channel. Contrary to the feel of this image, it was a brilliantly blue, bright and sunny day.


image made January 22, 2011.

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Taken on February 8, 2011