London Bridge

London Bridge

Lake Havasu City, Nevada warranted a diversion for lunch, seeing the London Bridge, and getting a sense of my friend Todd’s work for many years as city planner. Shugrues satisfied not only our gastronomic needs but provided a view of the London Bridge. Originally built in 1831 by architect John Rennie, the multi-arched bridge resided over the Thames River until 1968, when it began to sink into the river. Spanning a man-made canal, the relocated London Bridge was dedicated in 1971. A close look at the stones reveals a number in white that was used to identify each piece to help aid reassembly. Lake Havasu itself is 45 miles long and in places three miles wide.

Lone Pine, California has a chess connection in that international chess tournaments that brought together famous Grandmasters and rising young American players took place here from 1971 to 1981. It was interesting to experience this scenic location beneath the Eastern Sierra Nevadas and Mount Whitney, the highest peak in continental U.S. Lone Pine is better known for its many feature films. If you’re looking for a special dining experience, try the elk at the Seasons.  An unexpected site along the way was Manzanar, one of the notorious World War II internment camps for Japanese Americans. Next time we’ll plan to tour this National Historic site.

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