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Benson Bubblers

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Address: Fifty Throughout the City, Portland, OR 97209
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Mini water fountains.

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Water fountains

Nice water fountains throughout the city. There are about 52 original Benson Bubblers. The fountains were a gift to the city from Simon Benson. We had a nice refreshing drink.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice water fountains throughout the city. There are about 52 original Benson Bubblers. The fountains were a gift to the city from Simon Benson. We had a nice refreshing drink.

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Ogden, Utah
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

I didn't bury the lead. These are cool and interesting. DON'T DRINK FROM THEM THOUGH. I watched numerous homeless people use them as washing stalls, garbage cans and restrooms, on top of drinking out of them. I also saw many children playing in them, which is fine, but I'm not drinking out of something that people are using as a... More 

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Biwabik, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

As you stroll through Portland, you will see drinking water fountains known as Benson Bubblers throughout the city. Benson Bubblers are Portland's iconic drinking fountains. The city currently boasts 52 of the fountains and 74 one-bowl variations. Another unique item that sets Portland apart from other cities.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

one of the coolest things in the city are the benson bubblers. simon benson donated them to the city around 1912 and now there are 52 of these four bowl water fountains scattered around downtown portland; and about 20 more that have one bowl. one sure place to get a drink is in front of the simon benson house which... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

I saw these around downtown and ended up googling them to find out what they were. At first I thought they were water "art" installations. To find out that they are part of Portland history and donated made it all together more interesting.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

There was a history and description of these at the hostel where we stayed and after reading it, I saw them everywhere. The water tasted very good and it was good to know that it was fresh and not recycled and that the water efficiency of the fountains was improved several times and they use minimal water.

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Del Mar, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2015

In scrolling through the "attractions" of Portland, I am amazed at what I am finding to write about so here is another quick note. Being from CA, my 1st thought was, wow, I'll never see this at home with no water. But in Portland it rains all the time so water is of no concern. These were an interesting site... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2014

Wow, am I really the first person to review these iconic emblems of Portland? The city currently has over 50 of these really interesting four-bowl fountains, along with over 70 one-bowl modern variations. In 1912 Simon Benson, a Portland philanthropist, donated $10,000 to the city to buy and install twenty of the four-bowlers. The goal was to have clean drinking... More 

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