Fun Facts About The London Bridge
Did you know?
- The London Bridge was originally built in 1831 over the River Thames in London England. The London Bridge today is over 182 years old!
- Kaboom! The vintage lamps on the bridge are made from the melted down cannons of Napoleon Bonaparte’s army.
- The London Bridge is rumored to be haunted. For years, visitors have claimed sightings of a British police bobby patrolling the bridge and a woman in black roaming the night.
- The inside of the bridge is hollow because it was rebuilt in order that it could accommodate auto traffic. During the London Bridge’s reassembly, a steel framework was faced in granite, rather than using solid granite blocks, which reduced its weight from 130,000 tons to 30,000 tons, while strengthening the structure. The London Bridge is NOT falling down!
- The London Bridge is a movie star! It’s been featured in such horror films as “Bridge Across Time, aka Terror on the London Bridge” (1985) and “Day of the Wolves” (1971).
- When dismantled in London, England, each stone of the London Bridge was numbered for reassembly in Lake Havasu City. The bridge was shipped overseas to the Port of Long Beach, California, and then transported overland to Lake Havasu City, where reassembly began in 1968. If you look carefully, you can see the numbering on many of the stones.
- Can you say guano? The London Bridge is home to hundreds of bats, which inhabit the nooks and crannies of its hollow interior.
- Also calling the London Bridge home are thousands of swallows who have built their nests on the underside of the bridge out of mud pellets they gather from the shoreline of the Bridgewater Channel.
- The London Bridge has gone green! The white-yellow tints of the recently installed LED lights that line the bridge lend a vintage look, similar to the original gaslights, and the energy saving bulbs make the bridge environmentally efficient.
- The London Bridge is known as the world's largest antique, and with the opening of the bridge in October 1971, Lake Havasu City was permanently put on the map as the world-famous attraction continues to draw tens of thousands of sightseers to the city yearly.