Colorado's magnificent Pikes Peak has made headlines recently. It just so happens that 129 years ago today, July 22, this major event took place at Pikes Peak.

We aren't talking about peanuts (I'll explain later). We're talking about the creation of a beloved American masterpiece.

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Colorado's Pikes Peak Has Been In The News Lately

A few short days ago a dude pushed a peanut to the top of Pikes Peak using some kind of spoon thingy strapped to his nose. As magnificent as that may sound, Pikes Peak has another major footnote in history.

On This Day Back In 1893

On July 22, 1893, a climb to the summit of Pikes Peak resulted in the creation of one of the United States' most beloved patriotic songs. On Saturday, July 22, 1893, a 33-year-old English professor visiting Colorado Springs embarked on a trip to the summit of Pikes Peak. From there, the words to a poem came to her. That poem would later be set to music by a church organist from New Jersey. Put it all together, and you have the song we all know as America the Beautiful.

A Trek Up Pikes Peak

The teacher responsible for the lyrics, Katharine Lee Bates, was a professor at Wellesley. She had traveled to Colorado Springs to teach a summer course. According to The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Bates and the other professors decided to "celebrate the close of the session by a merry expedition to the top of Pike’s Peak."

The group made their way to the summit via prarie wagon. When that option fizzled, they opted for another mode of transportation. Uncover Colorado quotes Bates as having said, “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."

Writing the Poem

Bates wrote down the words to the poem upon returning to her hotel room at Antlers Hotel. The poem was first published two years later. It was first published in a weekly newspaper, The Congregationalist, on July 4, 1895. The poem was eventually set to music. The melody we know today was based on Samuel A. Ward's "Materna."

Today, you can hear America The Beautiful performed in almost any way imaginable. / Canva / Canva
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Laughable Nasty One-Star Reviews of Colorado's Pikes Peak

Don't you just hate it when you visit the restroom at Pikes Peak, a.k.a. America's Mountain, and you get stung by a bee. Even worse, you drive 14,115 feet to the summit only to discover there's no beer or doughnuts? To top it all off, can you believe they actually close on Thanksgiving? Check out these nasty one-star reviews of Pikes Peak.

15 Best Small Towns in Colorado to Visit

Whether they might be ski towns, old mining towns, or towns known for their hot springs, Colorado has no shortage of great small towns. I've lived in four very different parts of Colorado in my 34 years on this planet, (Eagle, Pueblo, Fort Collins, and Grand Junction,) and have traveled all over the state.

However, The Crazy Tourist's list of the 15 best small towns to visit in Colorado actually features some towns that I've never been to.

According to The Crazy Tourist, these are the 15 best small towns to visit in Colorado.

Highest Elevated Towns In Colorado

You Know You're From Colorado When...

We all remember the Jeff Foxworthy jokes back in the day "you might be a redneck". What made those ridiculous stereotypes so funny is because they had just a tiny bit of truth to them. Well along those same lines I wanted to highlight a few ways of thinking that everyone from Colorado has. They are not bad things, just the way we do things and go about our business around here.

So here is a list of ways 'You Know You're From Colorado':

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