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Near Corbett in Multnomah County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Simon Benson

1851 to 1942

 

—Lumberman and Philanthropist —

 
Simon Benson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Phyllis Prats, May 30, 2015
1. Simon Benson Marker
Inscription. Originator of ocean going log rafts. Sponsor of the Columbia River Highway. Benefactor of Benson Polytechnic School. Donor of the Benson Tract containing Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls and Benson State Park.

Patern and casting by Benson High School.
 
Location. 45° 34.656′ N, 122° 7.023′ W. Marker is near Corbett, Oregon, in Multnomah County. Marker is on Historic Columbia River Highway 3.3 miles east of Bridal Veil, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. It is at Multnomah Falls Lodge. Marker is in this post office area: Corbett OR 97019, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Multnomah Falls (here, next to this marker); Discover Wahkeena Falls (approx. 0.6 miles away); Beacon Rock (approx. 5.9 miles away in Washington); Samuel C. Lancaster (approx. 6.7 miles away); Marshall N. Dana (approx. 6.7 miles away); Vista House (approx. 6.7 miles away); Broughton’s Expedition (approx. 8 miles away); a different marker also named Beacon Rock (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corbett.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Simon Benson. “Benson is well remembered for his philanthropy.
Simon Benson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Phyllis Prats, May 30, 2015
2. Simon Benson Marker
He has been quoted as having said: ‘"No one has the right to die and not leave something to the public and for the public good.’ Benson purchased a 400-acre tract of land in the Columbia River Gorge, which included Wahkeena Falls and Multnomah Falls, and deeded it to the City of Portland for a public park. Subsequently, the land was divided to become the Wahkeena Falls Recreation Area, Benson State Park, and Multnomah Falls Recreation Area. Benson also paid for the masonry footbridge across Wahkeena Falls and the reinforced concrete arch pedestrian bridge over the lower Multnomah Falls.” (Submitted on December 2, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkNotable Persons
 
Simon Benson (1852–1942) image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 30, 2015
3. Simon Benson (1852–1942)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 2, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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