Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Largest Antique Ever Transported

This is too fun...I was emailing back and forth with one of my Yard salers subscribers, and she mentioned she was from Havasu. I hadn't heard of it so looked it up and found Lake Havasu City. Then I found out from her it was home of the London Bridge, the largest antique ever transported!

Sure enough. I found this article about it on RoadTripAmerica:

"In 1962, London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge couldn't handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River. The British government decided to put the bridge up for sale, and Robert McCulloch, Founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation, submitted the winning bid of $2,460,000.

The bridge was dismantled, and each stone was numbered. Everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California, and then trucked to Lake Havasu City. Reconstruction began on September 23, 1968, with a ceremony including the Lord Mayor of London, who laid the cornerstone. On October 10, 1971, the bridge was dedicated."

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