The more I think about the world being flat the more I giggle! I often said “only in the United States would you find….” But that was before the world became flat. Now I am more apt to know that I can have Starbucks even in Thailand or China or Spain. My husband and I actually danced in a Germany beer hall in China. And the real London Bridge is now in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA. It is so puzzling sometimes that you need to take a deep breath.
We have been to London only once and then only to spend an evening exploring Piccadilly Square and taking one of those double decked bus tours around the city. It was on that tour that the guide made fun of Americans because they believed that the impressive Tower Bridge had gone to America. In fact what they bought was the old London Bridge, a bridge more historically famous than the Tower Bridge.
London Bridge spans the River Thames between London and Southwark. The original wooden structure was destroyed by a storm in 1096 and again by a fire in 1136. It was then replaced by one constructed of stone in 1209. Up until the late 18th century, it was the only bridge across the River Thames. King John, sometime during his reign in the 13th century, decided to allow houses and businesses to be built on the bridge. As a result, passage on the bridge became almost impossible and river taxis were used by people instead. It was only 26 feet wide and had a history of fires. The congestion had become so unbearable a new bridge was built to replace it in 1831. The bridge was over 600 years old at that time. This bridge is the “London Bridge” that came to Arizona. Wikipedia talks about the sale of the bridge in the following paragraph:
On 18 April 1968, Rennie’s bridge was sold to the American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch of McCulloch Oil for US$2,460,000. A popular urban legend is that he believed mistakenly that he was buying the more impressive Tower Bridge, although McCulloch denied this.  As the bridge was disassembled, each piece was numbered to aid reassembly and those markings can still be seen today. The bridge was reconstructed at Lake Havasu City, Arizona and re-dedicated on October 10, 1971. The reconstruction of Rennie’s London Bridge spans a man-made canal that leads from Lake Havasu to Thomson Bay, and forms the centrepiece of a theme park in English style, cobridge from London that came to Havasu City, AZ.
But getting back to the rest of my story; at Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA you can sit on the deck of a British style pub, drink a German ale while looking at Lake Havasu, the body of water behind Parker Dam where London Bridge was rebuilt, as a Mississippi style riverboat departs for a American Indian Casino across the lake. I know because I was there.
Talk about a flat world!!!! So maybe this sort of thing does only happen in America!
Wikipedia was the source of the facts quoted above. The pictures are free pictures available from them also.