The London Bridge, constructed to span the River Thames in 1831, was relocated to the planned community of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, in 1971. There, it spans an artificial waterway dug specifically for the bridge.

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  • On October 10, 1971, London Bridge opened in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The bridge was originally constructed in 1831 and spanned the River Thames in London, England. By the 1960s, however, the stone structure could no longer safely support city traffic. An American real-estate developer, Robert P. McCulloch, bought the bridge as a tourist attraction and incentive for prospective homeowners in his planned community on the shores of Lake Havasu.

    Engineers carefully dismantled the bridge and labeled each piece of masonry. The labeled blocks were then shipped to Arizona. The original stones were fitted like puzzle pieces over stronger material (reinforced concrete) on new bridge.

    The new London Bridge was constructed on dry land, with its endpoint on a peninsula jutting into the lake. After the bridge was complete, engineers dug a channel across the peninsula (under the bridge). This created an island, and the London Bridge instantly connected this island to the mainland.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    channel Noun

    deepest part of a shallow body of water, often a passageway for ships.

    concrete Noun

    hard building material made from mixing cement with rock and water.

    construct Verb

    to build or erect.

    dismantle Verb

    to take apart.

    incentive Noun

    offer or encouragement to complete a task.

    island Noun

    body of land surrounded by water.

    Encyclopedic Entry: island
    masonry Noun

    construction made of stone or brick.

    peninsula Noun

    piece of land jutting into a body of water.

    Encyclopedic Entry: peninsula
    tourist Noun

    person who travels for pleasure.

    traffic Noun

    movement of many things, often vehicles, in a specific area.