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Old Man Of The Mountain Collapse Anniversary Marked

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File photo of the Old Man Of The Mountain. (Photo courtesy: Old Man Of The Mountain Legacy Fund-Facebook)

File photo of the Old Man Of The Mountain. (Photo courtesy: Old Man Of The Mountain Legacy Fund-Facebook)

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FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) — The crowd will be smaller than last year, but at least some New Hampshire residents likely will be paying their respects to the Old Man of the Mountain this weekend.

Saturday marks 11 years since the 40-foot-tall natural rock formation resembling a man’s face crashed from its perch above Franconia Notch. About 200 people visited the site for the 10th anniversary last year, and the president of the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund says he expects he won’t be alone in returning on Saturday.

Adopted as the state emblem in 1945, the Old Man still appears on the state quarter, highway signs and license plates. The nonprofit legacy fund had planned a $5 million memorial but donations dried up after the initial phase was completed in 2011.

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