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London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Image by Ken Lund The London Bridge, currently located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA, was originally constructed in London, in 1831. The bridge was the last project of engineer John Rennie and completed by his son, also named John Rennie. By 1962, the bridge was not structurally sound enough to support the increased load created by the level of modern traffic crossing it, and it was sold by the City of London. The purchaser, Robert McCulloch, was the founder of Lake Havasu and the chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation. McCulloch was purported to have purchased the bridge to serve as a tourist attraction to his retirement real estate development at Lake Havasu City, which at that time was far off the usual tourist track. The idea was successful, bringing interested tourists and retirement home buyers to the area. The bridge facing stones were carefully disassembled and each piece was numbered. After the bridge was dismantled it was transported to Merrivale Quarry where 150mm to 200mm was sliced off many of the original stones. These were shipped to the bridge's present location and re-assembly began in 1968. The original stone was used to clad a concrete structure, so that the bridge is no longer the original it is modeled after. The reconstruction took slightly over three years and was completed in late 1971. Today, it serves as a popular tourist attraction for the city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Bridge_(Lake_Havasu_City) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_Creative_Commons_...
Image by mrphancy 23. "Exeter Road Race Circa 1916", Artist: Colleen Mitchell-Veyna, Visalia, CA. Location: The north wall of TF Tire, 250 South F Street (2006). This mural depicts race cars preparing for a road race through downtown Exeter in the early 1900's at the corner of Pine & E Streets. Local celebrities Wes Clover & Steve Ooley, as well as members of the artist's family are represented in the mural. Look for a polar bear, numbers, a child holding a bear, all symbols from the popular "Lost" television program. A building with LOST on it.
Tourist Mileu on Hollywood Boulevard Near What is Now the Kodak Theatre
Image by Ken Lund Costumed street performers lurk in abundance on Hollywood Boulevard. Hollywood Boulevard is a boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, splitting off of Sunset Boulevard in the east and running northwest to Vermont Avenue, where it straightens out and runs due west to Laurel Canyon Boulevard. West of Laurel Canyon it continues as a small residential street in the hills, finally ending at Sunset Plaza Drive. On the east side of Hollywood Boulevard it passes through the neighborhoods of Little Armenia and Thai Town. The famous street was named Prospect Avenue from 1887 to 1910, when the town of Hollywood was annexed to the city of Los Angeles. After annexation, the street numbers changed from 100 Prospect Avenue, at Vermont Avenue, to 6400 Hollywood Boulevard. In 1946 Gene Autry rode his horse in the Hollywood Christmas parade and was inspired by the children yelling "Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus," to write the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" along with Oakley Haldeman. Then, the boulevard was nicknamed "Santa Claus Lane". The Hollywood Christmas Parade passes down Hollywood Boulevard every Sunday after Thanksgiving. In 1958, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which runs from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, was created as a tribute to artists working in the entertainment industry. The Walk of Fame recognizes such celebrities and icons as Walt Disney, Michael Jackson, and many more. (The Walk runs for an additional 3 blocks on Vine Street.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Boulevard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_Creative_Commons_...