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Bellfountain
Unincorporated Community
Bellfountain school in 2009
Bellfountain school in 2009
Country United States
State Oregon
County Benton
Elevation 331 ft (101 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 75
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97456

Bellfountain is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Benton County, Oregon, United States. Bellfountain lies on Bellfountain Road north of Alpine and northwest of Monroe. The population was 75 at the 2010 census.

Early history

Early on, the area around Bellfountain was known as Belknap's Settlement. A post office was established in 1895 called Dusty. The community's name was later changed to Bellfountain. It was said to be named for Bellefontaine, Ohio. From 1902 to 1905, a Bellfountain post office existed. After 1905, local residents received their mail in Monroe.

Bellfountain has also been said to have been named for the bell fountain, a natural spring that bubbled up about 1 mile west of Bellfountain where the Bellfountain Park is located. Flat rocks surrounding the natural artesian spring formed in the shape of a bell. People could view the bell fountain until sometime during the last 40 years when Benton County covered over the bell fountain with a cement building and a pump house to pump the water for use in the park. People are no longer able to view the bell fountain for which some people believe the town was named.

Present-day Bellfountain

The local economy is centered on the farming of Christmas trees and grass seed, and on logging.

The people of Benton County have been using Bellfountain Park for over 100 years. The park has a large barbeque pit, softball field, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and restrooms. There is also a covered picnic shelter with a kitchen area and one of the longest picnic tables in the world. The table seats 120 people and is 85-foot-long (26 m) long.


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