18 Years Ago New Hampshire Lost Our Beloved Symbol of the Live Free or Die State
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."
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