August 12 Birthday: Katharine Lee Bates. PURPLE MOUNTAIN MAJESTIES
Katharine Lee Bates, author of words to America the Beautiful
Aug. 12, 1859-Mar. 28, 1929
Where do ideas come from? In this case, from majestic scenery. Inspired by view from Pikes Peak, Katharine Lee Bates began to write a poem that would become a national treasure.
View images from Pikes Peak Web Cam operated by the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a sense of Bates’ wonder.