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Old 26 September 2018, 10:51 AM
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The BBC like this anniversary. Here's another, long article with lots of little video clips and great pictures:

The bridge that crossed an ocean

This one does mention the "wrong bridge" legend:

A rumour that McCulloch - a millionaire and successful businessman - had “bought the wrong bridge” probably didn’t help, although it was, of course, complete nonsense.

“I know for a fact they knew exactly which bridge they were going to buy,” says Michael.

“Do you think anyone in their right mind would look at Tower Bridge and think they could take it apart and bring it here?

“But RP and CV felt that by allowing that rumour to perpetuate, it gave them continued publicity, so they let it go.”
Again, you can't actually read the article and think the Tower Bridge rumours were true! Although apparently the residents of the city (which had already started to be built) at first thought the idea that McCulloch had bought London Bridge to put there was equally ridiculous.

Really interesting pictures of the bridge being rebuilt, too. They actually built it more or less flat on the ground, with the arches filled with sand and soil, then dug out the channel underneath afterwards! The river under it didn't exist before they put the bridge back up - it was re-routed.

Ooh, and as a bonus:

At this year’s Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel made a jibe about Lake Havasu while encouraging Oscar winners to keep their acceptance speeches short.
But "former “Jeopardy” heavyweight Ken Jennings came to Arizona’s defense" by tweeting:

Fortunately, though, the joke has apparently increased interest in the town overall.
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