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Benson Bubblers

Fifty Throughout the City, Portland, OR 97209
+1 503-275-8355
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Very cool attraction

As noted, these fountains can be see throughout the city. They are a pretty cool sight to see in... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
sweetheart2u
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Middletown
The homeless wash their hands in them

Yeah, I saw them thruout the city they are elegant but when I saw various folks rubbing their hands... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2017
Hoben01
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Long Beach, California
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Mini water fountains.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good37%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible0%
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Fifty Throughout the City, Portland, OR 97209
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+1 503-275-8355
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

As noted, these fountains can be see throughout the city. They are a pretty cool sight to see in various areas, particularly the one located right by the Simon Benson mansion.

Thank sweetheart2u
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Yeah, I saw them thruout the city they are elegant but when I saw various folks rubbing their hands and whatnot passed on taking a drink

Thank Hoben01
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Love the story! Simon Benson, a prominent logging company owner in the mid-19th century had these put in so his loggers would have good clean water when they came into town. He was a "tea-toddler" so hoped it would keep many of his men out...More

Thank Mama2world
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Tasty the water from a shared pipe isn't as cool as it used to be. Almost as interesting a the water fountains in Rome. Wish there were more. Fascination with these is age related, so if you have a 5 year old give it 30...More

Thank tiredandtravelled
Reviewed 11 February 2017

This is about 2 minutes of fun but after that you like what else is there to do? Still a fun idea and bravo.

Thank Alzor S
Reviewed 21 December 2016

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.

1  Thank Ingrid D
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...More

1  Thank JpocJedi
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...More

3  Thank KimberMN
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...More

1  Thank Steven J
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.

1  Thank ProfAragon
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