Old Man of the Mountain fell on May 3, 2003. What now?
Old Man Tschotschkes
The Old Man may be gone from the cliffside, but he lives on through a slew of kitschy knick-knacks. This bobblehead, for instance, commissioned by the New Hampshire Historical Society, may seem tacky, but it’s got nothing on one maker’s commemorative heat-sensitive coffee mug: The Old Man’s face disappears from the mountain every time you pour a fresh cup.
I Spy Something Granite
The Old Man is unavoidable on New Hampshire’s roadways. License plates, highway signs, and police cruisers all bear his image. No effort has been made to replace them (thus far), although that may be due less to respect and more to the fact that the price of doing so would likely make the Old Man’s collapse the costliest natural disaster in New Hampshire history.
Minted three years before the collapse, the New Hampshire state quarter is a mini-monument unto itself. Not content with merely collecting them, fans of the Old Man have made these coins into medallions and watch faces. With White Mountain National Forest slated to appear on the state’s “America the Beautiful” quarter in 2013, it looks as though the Old Man will miss out on his chance for an encore appearance.