Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Old Man of the Mountain



I had a couple great Aunts and an Uncle that lived up north in and around New England. We would spend a week each summer going up to visit them. We would stay with my Aunt Helen at her summer house on the lake.
I remember she took us one time to a place where an old homestead used to be and she and my parents dug around and found old bottles and things buried there.
She also would go with us when we would go to see some of the touristy sites. One of my favorites was going to see the Old Man in the Mountain.  

As a little kid, I was pretty impressed that this old man’s face was way up there, but I was also a little disappointed. I had expected to see much more detail in that face.

Well, what do you expect from a little kid? I listened when my parents and Aunt talked about it and really thought it was going to look exactly like and old man’s face. I remember looking way up there and squinting my eyes so the details seemed to be there just not too clear.

Over the years I have kept fond memories of going there with family and getting to see the grand old man.  I also thought it was pretty cool that it was on the state quarter.




I was saddened like so many others when the old man crumbled away in 2003, but his image does live on. 
 There is an old man legacy fund site (which I found interesting);

and a cool video;

The old man may be gone but he is a long way from being forgotten.



Peppercorns said...

This is so interesting. I'd never heard of the "Old Man of the Mountain" before, but I can relate to how you feel. It is so sad he collapsed.

In the Eastern Sierra we have the "Old Indian", but he's not famous like your's. :)

landscapelady said...

Such a beautiful area in NH, I remember the old man well. Thank you for finding and including my art quilt of the old man.

corrnucopia said...

The Old Man has long intrigued me. I'm sorry to say I'll never have a chance to gaze on this iconic rock cropping that has come to mean so much to so many.

Many thanks for including my souvenir sugar and creamer here :)

VintageEmbellishment said...

Thanks for sharing this with that the actual rocks have crumbled it is important to keep it alive in our memories!