Friday, May 11, 2012

America, the Beautiful

It was almost 2 years ago when Cheri and I went up by train to Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs,Colorado. At the summit-a 360 degree magnificent and very tasty doughnuts and hot chocolate. And the very large plaque with the lyrics of America, the Beautiful and the story of Katharine Lee Bates. 
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain: The Inspiration for America The Beautiful, Penned by Katharine Lee Bates
In 1893, at the age of thirty-three, Katharine Lee Bates, an English professor at Wellesley College, had taken a train trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to teach a short summer school session at Colorado College. Several of the sights on her trip inspired her, and they found their way into her poem...
On the pinnacle of that mountain, the words of the poem started to come to her, and she wrote them down upon returning to her hotel room at the original Antlers Hotel. The poem was initially published two years later in The Congregationalist, to commemorate the Fourth of July. It quickly caught the public's fancy. Amended versions were published in 1904 and 1913.

1 comment:

Eugenia O'Neal said...

Wow! I had no idea! America, the Beautiful is lovely.