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History Te Judge
Power Ui Words
We cannot learn from one another
until we stop shouting at one another -
until we speak quietly enough so that our
words can be heard as well as our
-Richard M. Nixon
37th President of the United States
ln l9lO, Mr. Benson sold his large
timber holdings and mill for about
S5,000,000, and retired. Two years later,
he began to help the public with various
In l9l2, construction was started on
the famous Benson Hotel in downtown
Portland, at a total cost of a million
dollars. It is a replica of the Blackstone
Hotel in Chicago, a brick structure with
the same type of French mansard roof.
Originally it had two hundred rooms, but
in i959 these were nearly doubled to
take care of the hotel's growing business.
After sixteen months of financial loss
from the hotel, Benson took it over
ul built the Benson Hotel in Portland to
be run by others, but when it began
losing money rapidly I took it over and
ran it myself. Just as l studied the
mistakes made in operating donkey
machines and constructing sea-going
rafts, I studied this hotel to learn where I
could cut out waste and lost motion and
improve the service and increase trade. It
paid me a profit of over a hundred
thousand dollars a year for the next
three years. I had demonstrated to myself
I could make it pay so l sold it for an even
Another proiect in which Benson was
involved was the beautiful Columbia
River Highway. After his retirement from
the lumber business, he gave increasing
thought to the roads of the state. Benson
helped tremendously to create public
interest in the project. After long years of
hard and difficult work by thousands of
workers, the road was officially opened
between Portland and Hood River on
July 6, l9l5. Ceremonies were held at
Multnomah Falls, and the highway was
proclaimed one of the most beautiful
stretches of road in America. It was now
possible to drive from eastern Oregon to
the coast in less than a day.
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Earth 's Greatness Awes A11
,'lTo see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in
that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on
the earth together, brothers in that bright Ioveliness in the
eternal cold-brothers who know they are truly brothers."
- Archibald Macleish, poet
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