The London Bridge was opened in 1831. By 1968 it was sinking into the clay that made up the banks and base of the Thames River. In 1968, Robert McCulloch bought the London Bridge from the Common Council of the City of London for $2,460,000. He moved the bridge to Lake Havasu City in Arizona and rebuilt it in a bay in the lake. Rather than just put it on the ground in the same way that it was grounded in London, the bridge was put on a base of solid concrete. This means that the bridge will not sink into the ground as it was doing in London. That said, the London Bridge is currently in much better shape than it was before it left London. It also helps that, as a monumental tourist attraction, it will be protected for years to come.
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