Our state symbol is the Old Man of the Mountain. I see him every day on my car license plate, the state highway signs feature his profile, and the many magnets on my fridge from trips to the White Mountains. However, it has been ten years ago today since anyone has seen the Old Man of the Mountain where he belonged, up on the side of Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch.
|1955 U.S. stamp|
Generations of my family remembered the Old Man. I remember my Grandfather asking me if we had stopped to view him after a family trip to the White Mountains. I remember my Dad stopping the old family station wagon at Profile Lake so we could all take a look. I remember posing my daughter "just so" under his profile so we could get a photo of her "kissing" the Old Man. If you are from New England I suppose you have similar memories.
|As seen on eBay|
|2000 New Hampshire State Quarter|
|2005, Where the Old Man used to be|
|This sign was hung at Profile Lake in 2005|
to show how the collapse of the profile rock formation probably happened.
Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo