America The Beautiful

America The Beautiful

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Most Americans have heard the song "America The Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates , but not all realize that the song was written right here in Colorado Springs. The beautiful words first written as a poem were a reflection of the views seen atop Pikes Peak. Pikes peak is one of the fity-three 14ers  you can find in Colorado, and the city of Colorado Springs is at its base. 14ers are mountains over 14,000 feet in elevation. No matter where you are in the city of Colorado Springs you can get a great view of the Purple Mountain Majesty.  The purple hue can be seen best at sunrise, it is breathtaking!  This is one of the many reasons that Colorful Colorado is one of the most beautiful places to live in the world. 

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America the Beautiful, signed by author Katharine Lee Bates, ca. 1925. (Gilder


 In a brief essay that appeared ca. 1925, poet Katharine Lee Bates described her inspiration for writing “America the Beautiful,” the poem that would evolve into one of the nation’s best-loved patriotic songs, during a trip to Pike’s Peak in 1893. Bates was a professor at Wellesley and had traveled west to teach a summer course in Colorado Springs. Bates and the other professors decided to “celebrate the close of the session by a merry expedition to the top of Pike’s Peak.” They made the ascent by prairie wagon. At the top, Bates later wrote, she was inspired by “the sea-like expanse of fertile country . . . under those ample skies,” and “the opening lines of the hymn floated into my mind.” Those opening lines—“O beautiful for spacious skies, / For amber waves of grain, / For purple mountain majesties / Above the fruited plain!”—would eventually become the lyrics of one of the best-known songs in American history.  

Source-The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

America the Beautiful, signed by author Katharine Lee Bates, ca. 1925. (Gilder Lehrman Collection) 

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