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In 1912, Simon Benson, a local businessman and philanthropist, donated $10,000 to the City of Portland to purchase and install 20 bronze drinking fountains, now known as Benson Bubblers.
The construction of Conduit 1 in 1893, the first pipeline from Bull Run, was a project of mammoth proportions for engineers of the late nineteenth century.
After being completed in 1925, Conduit 3 could deliver up to 75 MGD, equal to the combined capacity of the two existing conduits.
The consulting engineer for Dam 1’s design and construction was D.C. Henry, who later was a designer of the Hoover Dam. The dam took two years to build, close to 200 feet high, and cost nearly $3 million to complete.
Construction of Dam 2 in the Bull Run was completed in 1962. Dam 2 is a rockfill structure and more than 100 feet high