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Gathering Remembers State's Fallen Icon

May 11, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

It was probably the closest thing to a funeral a rock ever got.

Gov. Craig Benson joined more than 500 people in Franconia to remember the Old Man of the Mountain, the granite New Hampshire icon that crumbled a week ago.

"The Old Man continues to look down on us, hoping that we will find a way to memorialize him that's fitting. We will do that," said Benson, who had declared a "Family Remembrance Day" for the Old Man.

A hairline crack under the Old Man's chin may have given way with natural weathering, and an earthquake in New York state last year also may have hastened its collapse, state geologist David Wunsch said.

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