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Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum

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Address: 125 NW Canton ST, John Day, OR 97845
Phone Number: 541-575-2800
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Frozen in time

Fascinating little time capsule and a curious story to go with it. So much Chinese history in one small town. Wished our guide has a bit more back story but the other volunteer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Sweet Home, Oregon
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Sweet Home, Oregon
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Fascinating little time capsule and a curious story to go with it. So much Chinese history in one small town. Wished our guide has a bit more back story but the other volunteer filled it in just fine.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Who knew so much Chinese history would be found in John Day, Oregon! I enjoyed the tour and found it very interesting. It is a must see

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of this old place. The story as told by the very nice ranger brings the history of John Day and relations with the Chinese to life. A can't miss when in the area.

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We enjoyed the tour and took my 7 year old grandson although we thought there might be a risk we would have to cover his ears:) No such talk came up as our ranger was sensitive and after all we adults could read between the lines. The artifacts are interesting but the story of the two men who lived together... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Well worth the time, this was quite fascinating. Chinese workers stayed here working on railroads. Looks like it did way back then.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Everything inside is pretty much the original stuff. Nothing really got more or anything. I felt like I were stepping back in time to the 1880 until the early 1900s. It was a very good live history learning lesson for the adults and children if you like history. This is real, right in front of us. Not from a History... More 

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Near Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Couldn't say more good things about this experience if I tried, but wanted to share two books I read after visiting, which one of the guides recommended: On Gold Mountain by Lisa See and China Doctor of John Day, Oregon by Jeffrey Barlow and Christine Richardson. Taking the tour of the Pendleton Underground after Kam Wah Chung was another fine... More 

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Piedmont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The trip through the Kam Wah Chung and Company was extremely educational. Not only was it a step back in time but I learned alot about the Chinese immigrants that came to John Day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We stopped at the interpretive center it has neat history about the Chinese who worked in America. Then they give you a free tour of a neat little old Chinese store . The building itself is not so fantastic but the story is good and there are neat artifacts inside. Takes about an hour or so overall. This would not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We just happened to pull in when one of the free tours of Kam Wah Chung was beginning. What luck! Our guide (Mel) was very knowledgeable and thoroughly explained this little known but significant part of Oregon's history. The building itself is like going back in time. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.

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