Workers find 1971 marking on Lake Havasu bridge stone

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Workers doing maintenance on Lake Havasu City's London Bridge have unearthed an inscription from when the structure was first installed in the city more than 40 years ago.

The Today's News-Herald reports that contractors made the discovery while digging on the nearly 200-year-old bridge earlier this week.

The inscription reads: "Last Stone Set - 10-13-71 - W. Miller - P. Deal."

Lake Havasu City founder Robert McCulloch bought the bridge from the city of London in 1968 for approximately $2 million and had it brought piece by piece to Havasu.

Jan Kassies, London Bridge Visitors Center director, says nobody she knows who worked on the bridge in 1971 is aware of the identity of the two names in the carving.