Fragments of an Earlier World


The Old Man of the Mountains
White Mountains, N.H.
Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades. Shoemakers hang a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, even the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in Franconia Mountains God Almighty has hung out a Sign to Show that in New England He Makes Men."
Daniel Webster.


The Meriden Gravure Co.- Meriden, Conn.


The most famous of all rock faces, which sadly collapsed on May 3, 2005.

Popularized by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his short story "The Great Stone Face." It is New Hampshire's state symbol, reproduced on quarters, licensce plates, stamps, decorative china, and hundreds of postcards. Trail directions at

GPS N 44° 09.632', W 71° 41.001'

Other views of this formation:

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