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Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum

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Address: 125 NW Canton St, John Day, OR 97845-1142
Phone Number: 541-575-2800
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Oregon has such a rich history and is such a beautiful state, and this museum adds to its' rich culture! I recommend getting the tour! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Victoria, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oregon has such a rich history and is such a beautiful state, and this museum adds to its' rich culture! I recommend getting the tour! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and so good about answering our questions, including my 11 year old son's questions. She was so patient and informative! The people at The Oregon Trail Interpretive Centre in... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is phenomenal and such a pleasure to visit. Public Broadcasting has done some specials, but to view everything in person thanks to the Oregon State Ranger is just wonderful.

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Branscomb calif.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Wow, there is so much to look at in this little museum. We wondered around for over an hour. There are also books for sale of which I purchased three. Just loved this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Had to stop here after seeing this on TV. The park ranger will give you tours inside. very cool to see this place preserved. A must see if you are in John Day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

The tiny, perfectly preserved building was once the general store, apothecary, medical clinic, and a boarding house at the center of what was then the largest "Chinatown" in the US. All residents were men, imported as laborer and not allowed to bring their families from China. It was also the home of two young immigrants, one proprietor of the store,... More 

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

First, WOW. The Kam Wah Chung museum is by far one of the best museums I've visited in the US. Who would have thought I would have had to travel to the small community of John Day in Eastern Oregon to find it. This is truly a treasure. It's a perfectly preserved Chinese doctor office and store from the turn... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We learned a great deal about the Chinese community in Central Oregon from the 1860's into the 20th century. The museum is a must see, including the video. We did not have time to review the store/pharmacy but hope to on our way through again in a few days.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We almost didn't stay for the tour but are so glad we did! The interpretive center is neat but small. You have to get there on the hour for a guided tour (eight people max) and they walk you over to the Chinese house. The items inside are all original and preserved from around 1952. And it's free! I had... More 

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Menard, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

No one should miss this out of the way historical site. When the Kam Wah Chung store's owner went in the hospital in 1952, the door was locked thinking he'd be back soon. Well, he died and the city was given the building only they didn't open the doors for 20 years and when they did, it was exactly as... More 

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McMinnville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

The Chinese population in the area may have been as large as two to three thousand. Two young Chinese men made a strong presence in both the Chinese community and in time the white population around John Day Oregon. One as a medical practitioner and the other as a business man. They thrived as leaders in the early Chinese community... More 

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