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Old 05-15-2018, 10:29 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by BigReRe View Post
Looked up The Old Man of the Mountain cause it sounded cool.
Here's an excerpt from wikipeadea about its collapse:

Collapse
Freezing and thawing opened fissures in the Old Man's "forehead". By the 1920s, the crack was wide enough to be mended with chains, and in 1957 the state legislature passed a $25,000 appropriation for a more elaborate weatherproofing, using 20 tons of fast-drying cement, plastic covering, and steel rods and turnbuckles, plus a concrete gutter to divert runoff from above. A team from the state highway and park divisions maintained the patchwork each summer.[5]

Nevertheless, the formation collapsed to the ground between midnight and 2 a.m., May 3, 2003.[2] Dismay over the collapse was so great that people left flowers at the base of the cliffs in tribute.
It was really a heartbreaking event. I can't think of an equivalent elsewhere because it was a natural formation as opposed to man-made, but it was a weird sense of mourning when it happened.
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