NO. R-168Senate concurrent resolution expressing sympathy to the state and citizens of New Hampshire on the untimely death of the Granite State's famed “Old Man of the Mountain.”


Offered by:  Senator Mayo of Caledonia County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Collins of Franklin County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Lyons of Chittenden County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator Miller of Chittenden County, Senator Mullin of Rutland County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Scott of Washington County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Shepard of Bennington County, Senator Welch of Windsor County and Senator White of Windham County.

Offered by:  Representatives Bailey of Hyde Park, Bolduc of Barton, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Brown of Walden, Crawford of Burke, Hudson of Lyndon, Johnson of Canaan, Otterman of Topsham, Shaw of Derby and Starr of Troy.

Whereas, thousands of years ago, when the last glacier receded northward from the future state of New Hampshire, the geologic force of this monumental natural phenomenon left many indications of its presence, and

Whereas, however, none was more enduring and beloved than the rock formation affectionately known as the “Old Man of the Mountain,” perched on the precipice of Cannon Mountain, and

Whereas, since early in the 19th century, the “Old Man’s” craggy face has symbolized the state of New Hampshire’s independent spirit, and

Whereas, as one of New Hampshire’s most famous sons, the statesman, diplomat, author, and orator Daniel Webster wrote, “God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that in New England He makes men,” and

Whereas, the “Old Man” was enshrined in the nation’s literary anthology when Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote “The Great Stone Face” in his “Twice Told Tales,” and

Whereas, the familiar profile has adorned New Hampshire’s license plates, commemorative quarters, and many other state and private documents and memorabilia, and

Whereas, recognizing the rock alignment which constituted the “Old Man’s” face was not completely secure, state crews had labored for decades to devise a system of cables, anchoring spikes, and even epoxy glue to retain his dignified appearance, and

Whereas, despite these heroic efforts to preserve the most salient symbol of New Hampshire’s heritage, on either May 2 or 3, enshrouded in darkness or fog, the “Old Man” succumbed to the forces of nature as a rockslide sent him tumbling to the mountain’s base, and

Whereas, the state of New Hampshire has lost a symbol as cherished to its residents as Camel’s Hump is to Vermonters, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its profound condolences to the state and citizens of New Hampshire on the untimely death of the Granite State’s famed “Old Man of the Mountain,” and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson, to Executive Councilor Raymond Burton, to New Hampshire House Speaker Gene Chandler, to New Hampshire Senate President Thomas Eaton, to the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, and to Franconia, New Hampshire, Selectboard Chair Kenneth Mosedale.