“O beautiful for spacious skies … ”
Originally a poem, it was written by Bates in 1893 atop Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs. At the time, Bates was an English Professor at Wellesley College in Boston, visiting Colorado for a summer school session. The words, which came to her at the peak, capture the extraordinary beauty of our country, which she witnessed during her cross-country trip.
– Margot Calmar, The 100 Companies