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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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Sparks, Nevada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
63 helpful votes 63 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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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The story of these two Chinese immigrants during a very trying historical time was riveting. Loved the presentation and learning about the role the Chinese played in the mining industry and beyond. Allow plenty of time.. a couple hours?

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Boston area
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I can only echo the reviews and raves of my fellow May 2014 visitor/reviewers of this fascinating little place. I was blown away by the stories that Christie, our excellent guide, told about the history of this place and how these two bachelors partnered to both serve the community and cash in, one talking one tack, the other the other.... More

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A small state run museum and interpretive center surprised us - very clean, informative, friendly and interesting. I never had a thought about finding this important part of American history in such a remote place. If one is in the area, visiting the Fossil Beds perhaps, it is well worth the time to stop for 1-2 hours to discover some... More

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Helena, Montana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

It's hard to believe this area had the 3rd largest Chinatown in the US back in the day. A great tour go to the interpretive center first not the tour first then there like we did. If you do that its uh...a tad awkward but they still let us tour. Such an amazing piece of history tucked into small town... More

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Modesto, California
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436 helpful votes 436 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We visited this museum a few weeks ago while vacationing throughout Oregon. This sounded like a very interesting and worthwhile historical stop and it did not disappoint. In fact, I was completely mesmerized by what I saw here. I love historical places and this is one of the most interesting and unique places I have ever visited. It is amazing... More

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