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Park., Fountains Donated
Benson State Park is located near Multnomah Falls, which was
itself a gift to the city of Portland from Benson. Here, Benson is
honored with many scenic trails which offer the public a view of
natural beauty. At the dedication, Benson said, "ln presenting
this park to the people of the city of Portland I had two obiects
in view: first, to provide a recreation ground for all the people
and their children in the city of my adoption which they could
enioy at any time. Second, to provide an added charm to the
highway, the construction at which is the fulfillment of one of my
fondest dreams. It is a highway which will put Portland on the
map for all time to come."
Mr. Benson saw the need for pure drinking water for the
public easily available at any time, so he gave the city ten
thousand dollars to install twenty bronze drinking fountains at
downtown street corners. The installation of these fountains
helped to make the corner saloons "run dry." A special
memorial fountain was installed at Southwest Salmon and Park
streets in downtown Portland by the student body of Benson
High School in l959 ta pay tribute to his great accomplishments.
This year additional drinking fountains, replicas of the originals,
will be donated to the city by Benson High School.
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Trade Training Essential
Although Simon Benson had little formal education, he saw
the need of vocational education for those who were planning to
work at some trade. He donated Sl00,000 to the Portland
School Board and the city toward establishment of Benson
Polytechnic School. At first it was used by the army for training
soldiers for World War I, It was then called "Soldiers of
Industry." On January 19, l9l8, it was opened to high school
students and renamed Benson Polytechnic High School. Benson
felt that this school was a direct result ot his desire to fill a real
"The reason I gave SI00,000 toward establishing the Benson
Polytechnic School was to give our boys a chance to learn trades
and become self-supporting, self-respecting citizens. If a mon
has a trade, he can earn money. We need fewer men who are
looking for white-collar jobs. I have no interest in a man who is
unwilling to sweat."
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