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Old Man of the Mountain fell on May 3, 2003. What now?

Old Man of the Mountain fell on May 3, 2003. What now?
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Not Forgotten

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.

Keepsake Currency
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.

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Justin Shatwell

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Justin Shatwell

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Justin Shatwell is a longtime contributor to Yankee Magazine whose work explores the unique history, culture, and art that sets New England apart from the rest of the world. His article, The Memory Keeper (March/April 2011 issue), was named a finalist for profile of the year by the City and Regional Magazine Association.

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3 Responses to Old Man of the Mountain fell on May 3, 2003. What now?

  1. David Nardella March 18, 2010 at 4:55 am #

    Sad Sad Sad. About 50 Years since I first saw the Old Man and we had our first talk and every year till he passed away and part of me died. I guess the new NH people forget thier Father and discard him by not taking care of the old man properly. His Sons and Daughters forget his the Money and Tourists all those years and his Wisdom. WHat he is teaching us now that Politics are more important then memories or Family. New Hampshire was one of the greatest States in our country and is Dying just like a pile of stones because of the influx of the Hole Family from Mass and other areas and country that just do not give a damn about anything but themselves. Love to the Old Man and all his children left!!!

  2. Howard French May 10, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    There is a solution to replacing the great stone face. Use reinforced concrete. Since the old man was surveyed and studied, forms could be made and concrete could be poured one level at a time. Reinforcement bars could be fastened into solid rock. The concrete could be stained and after a few years and the natural weathering.it would look the same as it ever did. The great part is that it wouldn.t have to be perfect. The cost would be cheaper than any ground level monuments.

  3. Carol longtin May 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    It must have came down after midnight…..we were on our way back to nys from Maine….took a wrong exit….ended going by old man of the mt about three times before we got our bearings back to a familiar area…..real dark…..not much traffic…we laugh and said it committed suicide from being seeing us go back and forth…thankfully it didn’t fall on us….

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