- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2020

FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is marking the 17th anniversary on Sunday of when the Old Man of the Mountain landmark collapsed.

The 40-foot-tall natural rock formation resembling a man’s face crashed from its perch above Franconia Notch on May 3, 2003. The rocks gave way after centuries of freezing and thawing, WMUR-TV reported.

The image of the Old Man has been a symbol of New Hampshire for generations, appearing on the state quarter, highway signs and license plates. The stone profile was first discovered in 1805.

Since the structure fell, a nonprofit Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund has created a memorial plaza, featuring seven steel “profilers” that recreate the Old Man’s image.

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