NH honors Old Man icon 10 years after statue fell
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It’s been nearly 10 years since the natural rock formation that symbolized New Hampshire tumbled 1,200 feet to the ground. And while the Old Man of the Mountain is little more than a historical footnote to the state’s youngest residents, it remains a beloved family member to others.
Before it crashed in May 2003, the 40-foot granite profile drew generations of tourists to Franconia Notch and become a symbol of the state’s independence and stubbornness. The Legislature adopted it as the state emblem, and it still appears on the state quarter, highway signs and license plates.
Among those attending an anniversary ceremony Friday will be a great-nephew of Edward Geddes – a granite quarry superintendent who performed the first repair work on the Old Man in 1916.
File photo of the Old Man Of The Mountain. (Photo courtesy: Old Man Of The Mountain Legacy Fund-Facebook)