Rural Radio Network Fourth of July Tribute

You know the song, but do you know how it was written?

Massachusetts native Katharine Lee Bates was in Colorada teaching the summer of 1893.

The 24 year-old was part of an outing to the summit of Pikes Peak, inspring her to write a poem. The group took a train, a horse-drawn wagon and mules.

It was at the top of the mountain when the words came to her.

“It was then and there that the opening lines of ‘America the Beautiful’ sprang into being,” Bates wrote.