April 8, 2013

NH marks 10 years since Old Man fell

The Associated Press

FRANCONIA, N.H. — Plans are under way to mark the 10th anniversary of the collapse of New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain.

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An American flag hangs over the brow of the Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia, N.H., on Oct. 2, 2001.


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Turnbuckles that were used to secure the Old Man of the Mountain are shown on May 3, 2003, the day it was first noticed that the 40-foot tall rock formation and symbol of the state had broken off its perch.


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The Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund, the volunteer nonprofit group charged with creating a memorial monument to the granite profile in Franconia Notch, is holding a brief ceremony marking the anniversary on May 3. It will be at 11:30 a.m. the Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza.

The Old Man's absence was first noted the morning of May 3, 2003, by Franconia Notch State Park workers. Word of the fall spread quickly and onlookers gathered for days to see it for themselves.

The image of the Old Man has been a symbol of New Hampshire for generations, appearing on the state quarter, highway signs, and license plates.

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The New Hampshire quarter shows a representation of the Old Man of the Mountain.



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