“O beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain.
For purple mountains majesties,
Above the fruited plain.
America, America, God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”
This poem was written by Katherine Lee Bates, a thirty-three year old English professor. In 1893, Bates took a train trip to Colorado Springs to teach a summer course at Colorado College. What she saw on her trip, especially the view of the Great Plains from the top of Pikes Peak, inspired her to write the poem which was published two years later to commemorate the 4th of July. The poem was set to music in 1892 by Samuel Ward who wrote the melody while on a ferryboat ride from Coney Island to New York City. He had no paper to write on and was afraid he would forget it, so he asked a fellow passenger for his shirt cuff.
Do you live close to one of them?
We do…Rocky Mountain National Park…is only a 2½ hour drive from us. We’ve been there many times…to hike, to fly-fish and to look at the abundant flora and fauna with wonder and awe. It is a wonderful place for children!
One of the fantastic bloggers I have recently connected with did a great post on the National Parks and she lists the days that you can get in FOR FREE! Check it out at http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/national-parks-week-free-admission/
Tomorrow is the start of the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Blog Event…please stop by….and wish me luck…I hope I post it correctly. 🙂