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Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum

125 NW Canton ST, John Day, OR 97845
541-575-2800
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in John Day
Type: History Museums
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West Linn
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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I enjoy seeing these sorts of things in that it has a sort of ghost town feel. The store, doctor's office and living quarters are as they were when the two owners walked away decades ago. Shelves crammed with goods, calendars hanging, worn furniture, original lighting, and so on. Reminded me of the Bodie ghost town in California, which is... More

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Elyria, Ohio
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Free State of OR museums, donation appreciated -- very good tour guide. This place is a time capsule -- a window into a time past

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Portland, Oregon
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99 reviews 99 reviews
34 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Oregon Parks deserves a pat on the back for providing a terrific museum and tour of this most fascinating part of Chinese History in America. The tour guide was informative, friendly and quite clever in the way she guided us through the small remnant building that served as the cultural center of Chinese immigrants to the mining history of Canyon... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Just go. This was the centerpiece of an eastern Oregon road trip I had wanted to take for yeatd. Unique smidgen of Chinese immigrant lifestyle that you simply couldn't see elsewhere. Yeah it's a long drive but you'll stop being cranky once you meet the enthusiastic folks that run the place. You can feel the spirits. Contemplate the parallels of... More

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Auburn, Washington
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129 reviews 129 reviews
23 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

this is worth a visit. It's free, you're given a guided tour, and this place gives you an interesting look into life in earlier times in John Day. There are interesting displays in the interpretive center and the tour itself takes about 1/2 hour. We enjoyed it.

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Sparks, Nevada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Stopped off here during my latest motorcycle touring trip. I was surprised to see so much attention paid to a past Chinese business. Apparently, Doc Hay made quite an impression on the White settlers during that earlier time healing people when the Western medicine had failed to heal. Doc Hay also didn't cash thousands of dollars of checks he received... More

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This was a very interesting tour that told us about those two Chinese Immigrants, Doc Hay and Lung On, who helped many people living in this part of Oregon early last century. Everything in the building has been placed as it was at the time they were alive. The park Ranger made it very interesting and it is a must-see.... More

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Salem, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It is way worth the tour. A bit PC, but looking at all the old bottles and cool things in them made up for the lecture on political correctness. It is quite the realization these folks had such medical knowledge so early on.

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Portland, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Even if you are not interested in Oregon history, this museum will astound you. Our guide, Judy, was patient and informative and my granddaughter was awestruck. Actually, I was also and have a much better appreciation of our first Oregon settlers. The guided tour was an hour and we then spent an additional hour in the interpretive center/gift shop with... More

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Madras
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The Kam Wah Chung museum is a time capsule that tells the story of Doc Hay, a Chinese herbalist physician, and Lung On (Leon), businessman, who purchased the building, then in the heart of John Day's Chinatown. They stayed for the rest of their lives. Unusually for Chinese nationals, they chose to be buried in Oregon, on a hill overlooking... More

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