Stone Faces

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  1. Antinous says:

    There’s a giant face on Mars. God put it there to keep marsquatch company.

  2. winstonsmith85 says:

    Link to another mountainous Lincoln profile!
    (Just north of Ojinaga, Mex./Presidio, TX Metroplex)

  3. Adam Backstrom says:

    Particularly sad given that NH invested god knows how much in merchandising the old man on all their highway signs… Would probably cost less to construct a replacement than to replace all the signs.

    He’s still a powerful symbol in the state, despite his fall. Why replace him with a less iconic figure?

  4. maryr says:

    Agreed, #12. Besides, there are other ways of making money off his memory.

  5. Jim Rizzo says:

    @LarryW: There was the Smuggler from Smuggler’s Notch in VT pictured on that site.

    What I found cool was there was also Sleeping Giant from somewhere in Ontario. In Hamden, CT, there’s Sleeping Giant as well. It’s basically a rock/hill formation that looks like a giant laying down with legs, arms, a head and everything.

  6. bjacques says:

    A hundred years or so ago, they were a lot more cavalier about such things (PDF). That story is a big reason why we’re not now.

  7. Antinous says:

    That is so NOT Jesus. It’s Mister Clean.

  8. Prufrock451 says:

    If you think you’re going to try to destroy my belief in Marsquatch, well, you’ve got another think coming.

  9. Jake0748 says:

    Didn’t I read a while ago that this stone face in New Hampshire collapsed? I remembered it when looking at the N.H. state quarter.

  10. FredKiesche says:

    The Old Man of the Mountain is no more…

    http://gonewengland.about.com/cs/nhhistory/l/bloldmanofmtn.htm

    At one point they were talking about making a new one to replace it, don’t know what the status of that is.

  11. JG says:

    The face collapsed on May 3, 2003.
    I had viewed it on several occasions.
    A wonderful natural formation that was a small economic boom to Franconia Notch for decades.
    The Old Man is gone but not forgotten you can see his profile on the New Hampshire State quarter.
    A thoughtful memorial.

    Now if we can just do something about Mt. Rushmore..hmmmmmmm.

    “Was that all done by erosion?” Overheard at Mt. Rushmore Visitor Center.

  12. Antinous says:

    Now if we can just do something about Mt. Rushmore.

    I believe that the Bush administration is looking for testing sites for small tactical nukes.

  13. Jeff says:

    All I can see is the man in the Moon!

  14. Roach says:

    That’s why, now, all that New Hampshire has going for it is a hatred of seatbelts and three inches of novelty coastline.

    - stolen from Jon Hodgman

  15. Yep says:

    Particularly sad given that NH invested god knows how much in merchandising the old man on all their highway signs… Would probably cost less to construct a replacement than to replace all the signs.

  16. Antinous says:

    Clearly, Roach, you’ve never been to New Hampshire in black fly season. Tourists bleeding from their ears – now that’s a claim to fame.

  17. agnot says:

    I believe the pictured stone face in New Hampshire was a subject of a story by the unequaled Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter). He who wrote so powerfully about American culture that a public discussion of some of it, such as the haunting of the culture by Black slavery (House of the Seven Gables), only became possible in the 1960′s, 100 years after his death.

  18. drewstarr says:

    In my 27.9945 years on this planet, I remember being personally effected by the loss of just two public figures in my life:
    First, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) — born and raised in the city my hometown is a bedroom community for; the first research paper I ever did was about his life and I came to feel I really knew the guy.
    Second, the Old Man in the Mountain. Some of my favorite memories from childhood, high school, college and beyond have been from trips up to the Franconia Notch area. I always made a point to go see the Man.
    Damn you, BoingBoing for dredging up these emotions :-p

  19. LarryW says:

    I’m surprised Mt.Mansfield in Vermont isn’t mentioned. Features of the mountain are given names like the nose and chin, I believe. It’s like a face lying down.

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