Our View: Celebrating the uniqueness of our fairly young city

October 12, 2018

Lake Havasu City has always been a place for big dreams. This month, we celebrate Havasu’s original dreamer and the landmark that quite literally put this town on the map. It was 50 years ago that Robert McCulloch and company laid the foundation stone for the London Bridge’s new home, bringing worldwide attention to a town that didn’t exist a few years earlier.

In the five decades that followed, a city grew around – and way beyond – the bridge. Havasu is now home to 53,000-plus residents, and poised for even more growth. And yet, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The bridge – and the lake it spans – is still Havasu’s showpiece, bringing tourists by the thousands each year. It’s a point of pride for residents, who proudly recite the bridge trivia to their friends and family members. London Bridge Days might as well be an official local holiday; while it’s certainly not the event it once was, Havasuvians still line McCulloch Boulevard each year in eager anticipation for the London Bridge Days Parade.

Of course, there’s a lot more to Lake Havasu City than the London Bridge. In the weeks ahead, you’ll find content we’re calling Jubilee. It will celebrate 50 years of community in Lake Havasu City. Jubilee pages will publish today, Oct. 19 and 26. It will include plenty of information about the bridge and city history, of course, but we’ll take a look at other iconic institutions that define the Havasu community. Today, we focus on water and tourism and what it means to the community. We’ll also take a closer look at how spring break and winter visitors have shaped our town. The final edition, which publishes the day before the 48th annual London Bridge Days parade, will be our deep dive into history, with a focus on the bridge and Robert McCulloch.

As far as Arizona and the west are concerned, Lake Havasu City is still a fairly young town. But even in our relatively short history, we have a lot to brag about.

— Today’s News-Herald

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