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Groundbreaking for N.H.'s Old Man memorial

Franconia, New Hampshire - June 24, 2010

Crowds gathered Thursday in Franconia Notch to break ground on a new memorial for the Old Man of the Mountain. Phase one of the project consists of seven profilers at the edge of Profile Lake. By standing in the correct spot behind the profiler and looking up toward where the old man used jut out from the rocks, his image is put right back in the very location where he lived for centuries, a spot that attracted million of tourist to this area every year.

"They got engaged here, they brought their date here, they got married here, they met here and things like that. So it was absolutely essential for us anyway to have something in the ground to say this was the Old Man of the Mountain and this is what it was all about," said Dick Hamilton of the Old Man Legacy Fund.

The Old Man fell in the middle of the night back in May of 2003. An event that made headlines across the region and one that was heartfelt by those who knew the Old Man the best.

"It was worse than having my father die-- having the Old Man pass away," said David Nielsen, who was the Old Man's official caretaker, a position that his father encouraged him to pursue.

"My father used him as an example to prove that you need to find a way to give back to your community for the privilege of living here. And working on the Old Man was that privilege," Nielsen said.

Two more phases of the memorial will be added to the site; stones that also line up to simulate the Old Man and an archway that remember those who dedicated their lives to him. A symbol synonymous with the Granite State which some say represents the strength of the entire region.

"We talk about the Old Man and the people of New Hampshire... and the strength. So, I think that is part of that and then also again, for our state parks," said Martha McLeod of Franconia.

"For future generations to understand what the Old Man was and why it was important for our generation and the generations before us," Nielsen said.

The Legacy Fund is continuing its fundraising effort on the next two phases of the project. One that will permanently memorialize the Old Man so he forever lives on as the symbol of the Granite State.

Adam Sullivan - WCAX News

Groundbreaking for N.H.'s Old Man memorial

It's been over 7 years since New Hampshire's most famous symbol, the Old Man of the Mountain, broke off from its perch in Franconia Notch. But now there is new life at the Old Man site.

Franconia, New Hampshire - June 24, 2010

Crowds gathered Thursday in Franconia Notch to break ground on a new memorial for the Old Man of the Mountain. Phase one of the project consists of seven profilers at the edge of Profile Lake. By standing in the correct spot behind the profiler and looking up toward where the old man used jut out from the rocks, his image is put right back in the very location where he lived for centuries, a spot that attracted million of tourist to this area every year.

"They got engaged here, they brought their date here, they got married here, they met here and things like that. So it was absolutely essential for us anyway to have something in the ground to say this was the Old Man of the Mountain and this is what it was all about," said Dick Hamilton of the Old Man Legacy Fund.

The Old Man fell in the middle of the night back in May of 2003. An event that made headlines across the region and one that was heartfelt by those who knew the Old Man the best.

"It was worse than having my father die-- having the Old Man pass away," said David Nielsen, who was the Old Man's official caretaker, a position that his father encouraged him to pursue.

"My father used him as an example to prove that you need to find a way to give back to your community for the privilege of living here. And working on the Old Man was that privilege," Nielsen said.

Two more phases of the memorial will be added to the site; stones that also line up to simulate the Old Man and an archway that remember those who dedicated their lives to him. A symbol synonymous with the Granite State which some say represents the strength of the entire region.

"We talk about the Old Man and the people of New Hampshire... and the strength. So, I think that is part of that and then also again, for our state parks," said Martha McLeod of Franconia.

"For future generations to understand what the Old Man was and why it was important for our generation and the generations before us," Nielsen said.

The Legacy Fund is continuing its fundraising effort on the next two phases of the project. One that will permanently memorialize the Old Man so he forever lives on as the symbol of the Granite State.

Adam Sullivan - WCAX News

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