The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on WND Faith
“O beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain …”
Almost chosen as the national anthem in 1926, “America the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Lee Bates, born Aug. 12, 1859.
Daughter of a Congregational minister, Katherine Lee Bates taught high school, then English literature at Wellesley College. She hosted gatherings at her home for students and literary guests, including Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg and William Butler Yeats.
Of her 1893 Colorado journey, Katherine Lee Bates wrote: “Some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. We hired a prairie wagon. Near the top we had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules. I was very tired. But when I saw the view, I felt great joy. All the wonder of America seemed displayed there, with the sea-like expanse.”
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