The famed London Bridge spanned the River Thames for almost 140 yearsin London. In 1968, the city of London decided to sell its sinking bridge for $2.6 million to Robert P. McCulloch, founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, who needed a bridge to connect the city to an island in the lake. The island was created in order to remove a blockage that blocked water flow from the Colorado River into Thompson Bay. It took 3 years to carefully dismantle, pack, ship, and reconstruct the landmark bridge in the desert state. It cost more than $7 million to rebuild it in Lake Havasu City. Finally, on October 10, 1971, the London Bridge was officially dedicated in Arizona before a crowd of 100,000 in a lavish ceremony.