How the Old Man almost sank USS Raleigh

It’s been 14 years since the Old Man of the Mountain collapsed. Twenty tons of cement, plus plastic sheeting, steel rods and turnbuckles were no match for deep cracks caused by thousands of years of freezing and thawing. The Great Stone Face tumbled out of existence at 2 a.m. May 3, 2003. Granite-staters were so upset that people placed flowers on the rock pile at the base of Cannon Mountain in Franconia.


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