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London Bridge Comes to America



London Bridge Comes to America
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.42

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    antique, normally, fortune, saws, traveled, army, destination, history, such, thrive, government, life, nursery, during, dedicate, listed
     content words:    London Bridge, Thames River, Robert McCulloch, Atlantic Ocean, United States, Lake Havasu City, Lord Mayor, Lake Havasu, Havasu City, World War II


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London Bridge Comes to America
By Jane Runyon
  

1     London Bridge was falling down. Really, it was. London Bridge had spanned the Thames River in London, England, since 1831. It was so large and so heavy that it began to sag and sink into the river it was supposed to cross. That's when the nursery rhyme songs began. "London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down. London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady."
 
2     Something needed to be done. A new bridge needed to be built to replace the old bridge. But what do you do with a bridge that large? Someone in the government of England came up with an idea. "Let's try to sell it," he said. Others laughed at such an idea. But no one could come up with a better idea.
 
3     In 1962, London Bridge was advertised for sale. An enterprising man from America submitted the winning bid. He offered to buy the bridge for $2,460,000. The man's name was Robert McCulloch. He had made his fortune manufacturing chain saws. He had an idea about what to do with the London Bridge.

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