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7 Souvenirs of August

Traditional Geocache

Wild Prairie Rose

A cache by donj51
Hidden : 8/26/2013
In Iowa, United States
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is in tribute to the Iowa State flower, the Wild Prairie Rose "Rosa pratincola". State of Iowa adopted the wild rose as the official state flower of Iowa on May 7, 1897.

 



Wild roses are found throughout the state and bloom from June through late summer. The flower, in varying shades of pink, is set off by many yellow stamens in the center.

Major S. H. M. Byers being present was called upon and favored the Iowa Senate with a poem entitled "The Rose of Iowa."

 THE ROSE OF IOWA.
 [Copyright applied for by S. H. M. Byers.]

    Hast seen the wild rose of the West,
        The sweetest child of morn ?
    Its feet the dewy fields have pressed,
         Its breath is on the corn.

    The gladsome prairie rolls and sweeps
        Like billows to the sea,
    While on its breast the red rose keeps
        The white rose company.

    The wild, wild rose whose fragrance dear
       To every breeze is flung,
    The same wild rose that blossomed here
        When Iowa was young.

    O, sons of heroes ever wear
        The wild rose on your shield,
    No other flower is half so fair
       In loves immortal field.

    Let others sing of mountain snows,
        Or palms beside the sea,
    The state whose emblem is the rose
        Is fairest far to me.

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Last Updated: on 7/17/2014 12:06:58 PM Pacific Daylight Time (7:06 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum