Old Man of the Mountain - ID: 11192059 © Kathy Salerni

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Old Man of the Mountain

The Old Man of the Mountain, also known as The Great Stone Face, The Profile or simply The Old Man, is the New Hampshire state symbol, and even if you've never visited New Hampshire, you may recognize the old guy from the New Hampshire State Quarter. At 40 feet tall and 25 feet wide, the granite face protruding from Profile Mountain and gazing protectively over Franconia Notch was something of a miracle--a work of nature that seemingly defied gravity. Thousands stopped each year as they traveled along I-93 through Franconia Notch State Park to view and photograph this natural wonder.

The Old Man had survived countless environmental assaults during his long life, and although Botox was never employed in the maintenance of his chiseled good looks, epoxy certainly was. Still, the White Mountains are known for harsh weather, and it appears that high winds, heavy rain and freezing temperatures likely contributed to The Old Man's demise.

The Old Man collapsed in May 2003.

© Kathy Salerni

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