N.H. Says Taking Old Man Pieces Illegal
May. 06, 2003
FRANCONIA NOTCH, N.H. (AP) _ Police and parks employees are keeping watch on the site where the Old Man of the Mountain crumbled, and warning people that taking fractured pieces of the granite profile is against state law.
The warning against theft came after word that rocks reported to be from the debris field, or near it, had turned up for sale on eBay. Several eBay auctions offering pieces of rock were shut down Monday and police are investigating.
``They ain't selling my grandfather on eBay,'' said Franconia police officer Bruce McKay. ``An investigation has been opened and continues.''
The state said no one has been found taking items, but warned that it is theft of state property _ the site is a state park _ and physically dangerous, because rocks still might fall from the 1,200 cliff.
The 700-ton natural formation was just a pile of rocks after breaking loose from its 1,200-foot-high mountainside perch sometime late last week.
The famous mountain's history dates back millions of years. Over time, nature carved out a 40-foot-tall profile resembling an old man's face, and it eventually became New Hampshire's most recognizable symbol.