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Secret Stowaways

Updated on January 5, 2016

Moving has become a way of life in the world that we live in today. Many people after they are grown decide to move away from where they were born and raised. Moving not only applies to people, but to material things on a much larger scale. The space shuttle is moved piggy-back on top of a 747 all the way from one end of the country where it lands, to the opposite end of the country to where's it launched off into space.

Stationary land based structures are more of a challenging type of thing to move. The Cape Hatteras light house in North Carolina was moved back a safe distance from the encroaching Atlantic ocean. Entire houses, and buildings are moved often as well. However all of these structure are neither moved very far from their original place, or actually leave the ground.

What was fascinating to me is that an entire 130,000 ton granite bridge which spanned a river in Europe was moved. This bridge however was moved a grand total of 5,400 miles to it's new home. The bridge was originally completed in 1831, and spanned over a section of the Thames River in London, England. This bridge known as the London bridge was purchased for $2,460,000, and moved to it's new home at Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The total cost for relocation, and reassembly of the London bridge was 5.1 million dollars.

Prior to the bridge being disassembled in London, England, each of the bridge's granite blocks were meticulously numbered with four numbers. the first number indicated the span of the bridge. The second number indicated the row of stones. The final two numbers indicated it's position in the row. All of the blocks were then shipped through the Panama canal to Long Beach, California. The pieces were then hauled by truck to it's new home at Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it took workers four years to put it all back together like a puzzle from the original 1824 plans.

During the re-dedication ceremony for the London bridge on October 10th 1971, four people who were dressed in Victorian style clothing were witnessed walking across the London bridge. At first they were thought to be apart of the ceremony, but later people realized that they were unreal. From time to time there are still sightings of spirits on the bridge, and some folks have actually been bumped by these ghosts on the bridge itself. It's seems hard to believe, but these spirits somehow stowed away with the granite cargo, and made the long journey half way around the world to where they are today. These spirits may have never of had any intentions of moving so far away from their British home, but fate obviously had other plans for them.

Dedication plaque
Dedication plaque
Walking over the London Bridge.
Walking over the London Bridge.
Driving over the London Bridge.
Driving over the London Bridge.
Close up of the massive granite blocks
Close up of the massive granite blocks
English Tudor town at the base of the London bridge along with a 19th century gate from Witley Court in Worcester, England.
English Tudor town at the base of the London bridge along with a 19th century gate from Witley Court in Worcester, England.

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      Woo 8 months ago

      Interesting. Would make a great short story.

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      GlenR 15 months ago from UK

      So that's where our bridge ended up! The project kind of begs the question - Why?

      Enjoyable hub .It''s certainly a small world - my youngest son is currently living in Singapore, where he is working on a project for the build of oil rig control equipment to be floated to the North Sea.

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      flakycrustedmemry 22 months ago

      Really enjoyed this story. You hit it right on track with me by combining some great history with spirit activity. Both are interesting topics and a reminder of the past and the people who lived it. Looking forward to reading more of your articles in the future.

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      Larry Rankin 23 months ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting article.

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      Daniel Grant 23 months ago from Port Washington, NY

      Excellent story, love the pictures too.

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      Princess Jalapeno 23 months ago

      I truly wonder if those poor ghost ever realized that they were in another far away foreign land, or if the poor souls were simply stuck in some kind of a time warp from a long gone past century.

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      Laurel Johnson 23 months ago from Washington KS

      Fascinating hub and wonderful pictures. Well done!!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 23 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      Awesome idea and coupled by excellent pictures!


      Suhail and my dog

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      ROY T JAMES 23 months ago from chennai, india

      Interesting story

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      Rachel L Alba 23 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I loved your photos.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting hub, especially about the spirits stowing away with the bridge. Good photos too.