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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 4 attractions in John Day
Type: History Museums
Most recent review
- Nov 25, 2013
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English first
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a true hidden JEWEL Being a pharmacist, this small building filled with herbs and treatments is very interesting. The story of the history of the area, what brought the Chinese off the beaten path and why there are no more in the area is quite interesting.

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Sacramento, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

This little - and I do mean little - museum is worth the stop. Run by the Oregon State Parks system, the museum tells of the lives and trials of two prominent Chinese settlers in the rural Oregon area during the gold rush years. Too much to explain here, but these two respected men brought Chinese herbal medicines and other... More

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San Diego, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We stopped in John Day on our way from Bend to Prairie City. This national historic site is a must-see. We arrived in time to spend 30 minutes in the lovingly maintained visitor’s center and then found ourselves to be the only two ready for a tour of the museum (which is located just down the street). Under the superb... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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69 reviews 69 reviews
6 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This place doesn't look like much from outside but the tour was fascinating! The contents are original and the history of the building and the owners was very interesting.

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Palm Springs, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

A time capsule of the gold rush days in John Day, when many Chinese laborers answered President Lincoln's call for men to work in the gold fields to help finance thebCivil aware. The Chinese immigrants who owned this store stayed long after the gold played out, one of them becoming the town's first auto dealer. The store is just as... More

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Redwood City
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

My children and I loved learning about Dr. Ing Hay and his friend Lung On. All of his herbal remedies, including a bear paw remain as they were, when the Dr's. home was closed up in 1948. The obstacles the Dr. had to work around in his life were tremendous, yet he gained the trust of his patients through his... More

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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

It is so wonderful that a piece of history has been so preserved. The staff was wonderful and very helpful. It is a definite must see if your in the area.

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Senior Contributor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Very interesting museum, displays of the history of chinese imigrants in in the area. The origianal building has been scietifically evaluated, cleaned, and return to the state in which it was found. FREE tour, interesting, cool on a hot day, and accessable.

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San Francisco, California
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3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

This museum alone is worth the trip out to John Day... I'm waiting for someone to write and make the Showtime or HBO series about this fascinating time period and of the two men who inhabited and ran the Kam Wah Chung. An oft unmentioned part of American History, the Kam Wah Chung museum does an excellent job of providing... More

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Spray
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Have gone to John Day many times over the years ans we never stopped, so one day we had our car worked on at Les Schwabs and decided to walk around and came across the museum. It was so informative that we want to come again as only the museum was open at the time.

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