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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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Great tour on the Oregon Trail area sites

I came for the afternoon tour on September 18th. The guided tour was informative and highly interesting, staff and park ranger knowledgeable and friendly. An interesting glimpse... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Roseburg, Oregon
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Roseburg, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I came for the afternoon tour on September 18th. The guided tour was informative and highly interesting, staff and park ranger knowledgeable and friendly. An interesting glimpse into the Old West's good and bad side. Chinese immigrants certainly went through much racism and even violence, yet still did good by themselves and their communities.

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at 8.55 with the intention of being on the 9am tour only to be greeted by a queue (max 8 people per tour). This in hindsight was fortunate as whilst we waited for the 10am tour we were able to look around the the interpretive centre and talk to one of the volunteers (thanks Bruce). I'd really recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this amazing collection: Chinese Herbal Pharmacy, altars, General Store goods and simple furnishings. A unique glimpse into the past, and successes of 2 Chinese immigrants in spite of the racism of the gold rush days and beyond.

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Hertfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

By the time we reached John Day on our road trip we’d learned a fair bit about the Oregon Trail and life out west in the 19th century. Kam Wah Chung added a whole new dimension to the experience. We were able to see on the one hand the remains of merchandise accumulated and sold by businessman Lung On, and... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little museum is well worth a visit. There is a display set up in the ticket area which is very interesting and gives a lot of background to the era. The tours to the museum are guided so be sure to find out the times. The museum itself has many interesting artifacts and lots of information about the Chinese... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

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 August 9, 2016

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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