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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lake Havasu City, AZ

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This the London Bridge. No kidding. This bridge was built in the early 1800s across the Thames for something like 2 million pounds silver. The founder of Lake Havasu City, Robert P. McCulloch (McCulloch chainsaws) bought the bridge from the City of London for $2.5 million in 1968. It was reassembled across this 930 foot long man-made canal for an additional $7 million, opening in 1971.

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This was our second trip to Lake Havasu City, spending a bit more time sightseeing and some light shopping. The previous day’s visit was to the Post Office to pick-up our Samsung NB30 netbook, which allows us to do what you see!

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The street lamps are original too.

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The Parker Dam, built in 1938. It is 320 feet high, 235 feet of which are below the riverbed, making it the deepest dam in the world. The power plant has four Francis turbines with a combined capacity of 120 MW. The reservoir behind the dam is Lake Havasu, which is the water source for the Colorado River Aqueduct. The aqueduct is operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies water to almost all cities in the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas. Water is also supplied to the Central Arizona Project Aqueduct which provides water to Phoenix and Tucson.

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