Have you seen me? Benson Bubbler stolen on Foster
A "Benson Bubbler" water fountain has gone missing, KOIN 6 News reports.
Benson Bubblers are bronze drinking fountains that have been Portland features since 1912 when local philanthropist Simon Benson donated $10,000 to the city to install 20 of them.
Today, there are 126 bubblers, 52 multi-bowl fountain bubblers and 74 single bowl bubblers across the city.
Or, rather, there were.
One of the single bowl bubblers has gone missing — ripped right out of the concrete at Southeast 65th Avenue and Foster Road.
The Portland Water Bureau thinks it was stolen sometime after 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 6:30 a.m. the next morning.
This particular bubbler has had a rough year. In June, it was taken out of commission for repairs that lasted several weeks after being hit in a car accident.
A Water Bureau maintenance supervisor said the missing bubbler was brought to the attention of officials by a local resident who noticed the bubbler was gone after temporary fencing was removed following a sidewalk renovation project.