May 3rd, 2003


old man of the mountain collapses

New Hampshire awoke Saturday to find its stern granite symbol of independence and stubbornness, the Old Man of the Mountain, had collapsed into a massive pile of rubble.

The Old Man was New Hampshire’s most recognizable symbol, appearing on the state quarter, state road signs and countless souvenirs and tourist brochures. Millions of tourists have traveled through Franconia Notch to view the profile, 1,200 feet above Interstate 93 about 65 miles north of Concord. In the 19th century, the profile inspired New Hampshire statesman Daniel Webster to write: “In the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.”

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