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The image of the Old Man of The Mountains was selected as our logo because it was one of the most recognizable images of the State of New Hampshire, "The Granite State".  The Old Man of the Mountains was a naturally appearing profile of a man that protruded from the cliffs of Cannon Mountain in Franconia, NH.  It can still be seen on road signs and is still used as the state's emblem. 

The Old Man's profile was chosen as the image for the front side of the NH quarter dollar by the US Mint in the year 2000.

On May 3, 2003 the five stones that made up the stone face gave way under their own weight as a result of the freezing and thawing action of the water that seeped into the cracks causing the cracks to expand by pushing the stones apart.  When the great profile fell, I felt like we lost a member of the family.

Daniel Webster once said:

"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 in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men."

On a personal note, the Old Man reminds me of my father.  My father was born in the mountains of New Hampshire, and he so loved the glorious view of the mountains, the fresh air, the forests and the crystal clear streams.  We would often return to his childhood stomping grounds, and frequently drove past the Old Man of the Mountains.  We would press our faces to the windows of the car as we rounded the curve in the road so we could see the Great Stone Face appear out of the side of the mountain.  We would try to find him even in the moonlight!  Although Daniel Webster spoke his famous quote many years before my father was born, I am certain it is my father that he spoke of.

 

 

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