Preserving a Fragile Formation

Preserving a Fragile Formation (HM2706)

Location: Franconia, NH 03580 Grafton County
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N 44° 9.941', W 71° 40.729'

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As early as 1876, observers had warned that the rocks of the Profile were shifting and slipping, and scientists predicted that one day the formation would collapse. Since then, many specialists and volunteers worked to prolong the lifespan of the state's official emblem.

In the summer of 1958, a major state-sponsored effort to stabilize the Old Man included the addition of four large steel rods and turnbuckles. The largest of those is displayed in the Plaza. It weighs 700 pounds and is 21 feet long. It came down with the collapse of the Old Man in 2003, and was retrieved by helicopter from the rubble beneath the cliff in October, 2010. The only other artifact to be recovered is a smaller end section of a similar rod. That piece is now on display at the Tramway Building.

The remaining end of this rod and parts of three other large rods are still imbedded in the cliff above, and can be seen with binoculars or a telephoto lens.
HM NumberHM2706
Placed ByNew Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation & Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 4:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 285824 N 4893764
Decimal Degrees44.16568333, -71.67881667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 9.941', W 71° 40.729'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 9' 56.46" N, 71° 40' 43.74" W
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Area Code(s)603
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-93, Franconia NH 03580, US
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