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The Old Man is No More

c. 30,000 b.c. - May 2, 2003

The Old Man of the Mountains: c. 30,000 b.c. - May 2, 2003It was uncertain when the outcropping actually fell because clouds had obscured the area Thursday and Friday. A state park trails crew reported Saturday morning that the Old Man of the Mountain was gone.
On Saturday, May 3, the staff of goLittleton.com scaled the Old Man's former cranium to obtain visual documentation of the geologic mishap.
Three large turnbuckles, which had spanned an (ultimately fatal) fiberglass-epoxy covered crack, now grasp at thin air....

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Before...

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May 3, 2003...

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all photos © 2001-2003 C.Flanders

Your humble correspondents at work
Your humble correspondents
photo by Virginia Apple

Historic Photos

photos courtesy A. MacAulay

Repair work on the forehead of the Old Man of the Mountain Repair work on the forehead of the Old Man of the Mountain

Above: Repair work on the forehead, 1965-1966
Drilling for turnbuckle anchor pins was done with a modified chainsaw rather than a pneumatic hammer, to minimize potentially damaging vibrations

Bush attached to chin, 1955
Local pranksters mounted a bush on the chin in anticipation of President Eisenhower's 1955 visit to the area
Bush attached to chin


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