A dedicated staff of Visitor Information Center (VIC) volunteers hear some strange questions from time to time as people visit to use the free Wi-Fi, tour the art gallery and pin their hometowns on a wall map. See if you already know the answers.
Two Visitor Center volunteers, Barbara Shufeldt and John Kendig, were recently honored for each serving over 10 years. At least four hours per week they’ve helped visitors – as many as 100,000 per year visit the facility in the former London Arms Pub – gain the most from their time in Lake Havasu City. Sometimes though, they are asked questions that are pretty, well, strange. Such as:
- “Where’s the bridge?” (That’s an easy one since the Visitor Information Center is located in the English Village, right next to the historic structure).
- “Can we see the bridge at night?” (Yes, the bridge is lit up at night).
- “Does it cost anything to see the bridge?” (It’s free, but you can take an official 90 minute tour of the bridge for $10).
One cherished tradition is to come to the VIC and pin your hometown on a large wall map. Arizona and California, as you might expect, are a solid mass of pins. But you might be surprised to see Great Britain, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Japan, China, and Philippines well represented. If you’re from Greenland and Iceland there’s still plenty of room, but because the display fills up so much, every New Year’s Day the map is photographed and volunteers come to remove thousands of pins so they can start anew for the year.
What’s one reason the city is so popular? Jan Kassies, Director of Visitor Services, jokes, “We don’t have hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes – just a few reasons why winter here is pretty attractive. Besides, unlike Florida, it’s a dry heat. No mosquitoes, no flies and no alligators.”
To learn more about what to see and do in Lake Havasu City, come see Jan and the team of volunteers (you can even ask them some silly questions) at the Lake Havasu City Visitor Center.