I remember it well.  I think when I first heard the news, I was in shock.

The Old Man of the Mountain's profile fell on May 3, 2003.  I think I had the radio on when someone actually said the words and I thought it was a joke!  How could this be true?  It's granite, after all and surely, it would stay forever.

 

Governor Sununu, of course being the Governor of our great State, deeply loved the Old Man.  So much so that he used it on his campaign signs.  When he posted this on Facebook, one of the comments was from Mike Maciel who said:

 

The Old Man first became famous largely because of statesman Daniel Webster, a New Hampshire native, who once wrote: "Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men."
Wikipedia said the very same thing.  How amazing is that?  Wiki also said that the Old Man was first noticed in 1805 when a Franconia surveying team noticed it.  1805.  Wow.  Generations upon generations have not known a time when the profile didn't exist.  Now there are full grown adults who have never seen it's face in real life, only in simulation.
If you haven't been to the Old Man Memorial in Laconia, I would highly suggest you go.  Even if you don't know what all the hub-bub is about.  You will guaranteed get a deep appreciation for the Old Man.

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