Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pikes Peak, Colorado

Pikes Peak, Colorado

Dominating the view at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak has been inspiring explorers, gold seekers and artists for over 200 years. It’s named after the accomplished adventurer Zebulon Pike who first beheld the majestic, purple mountain in 1806.

When gold rushing 59ers set out for Denver in a quest for mineral riches, they emblazoned their wagons in fresh paint with the famous words "Pikes Peak or Bust!" The rocky monolith still commands the southern skyline and has become a lasting symbol for the entire Front Range.

American songwriter Katharine Lee Bates was so influenced by the extraordinary vista from the summit that she wrote the lyrics to America the Beautiful. The popular anthem is actually a superb tribute to the unique beauty and vastness of the Colorado landscape.

2 comments:

  1. While blog hopping during the $Challenge, I always marvel when I find a blog like yours that is beautifully presented. Easy to read typeface, not all cluttered up, the information front and center. This is really nice. Though across country from you in North Carolina, come visit me if you have an interest in hotels and inns, my theme this year. Normally a writer's blog, authors, books, gardening, things I love. Hope to see you. I'll be back.

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    1. Thanks, I try to keep the layout as simple as possible. We enjoy it here in Colorado but it would be great to visit North Carolina. I've looked at your site and the information about those unique hotels is interesting.

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