I grew up about 70 miles from Pikes Peak Colorado and I never knew that "America's Second National Anthem," America the Beautiful, was inspired by the great mountain. You'll want to watch the video below because I included the lyrics that Katherine Lee Bates used in her poem that inspired the song.
She was a teacher in Colorado Springs in the year 1893 when she took a hike and a tour with her friends. The stunning views gave her the ideas and her words appeared in a poem in a magazine called the "Congregationalist" two years later.
Many of the Other Words of the Poem Came from Katherine Lee Bate's Train Ride from the East Coast to Colorado Springs
The poem caught on with the public and it was eventually fit to music by a man named Samuel A. Ward.
Many people have argued that the song should be America's primary national anthem because it's easier to remember and it doesn't glorify war. Both songs are great and I think almost all Americans get goose bumps whenever they hear either performance. I hope you enjoyed the pictures from the slideshow and the lyrics.
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