Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum

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Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site
Kam Wah Chung Museum (Grant County, Oregon scenic images) (graDA0089).jpg
Kam Wah Chung building
Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum is located in Oregon
Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum
Type Public, state
Location Grant County, Oregon
Nearest city John Day,
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Area 0.42 acres (0.17 ha)[1]
Operated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Kam Wah Chung Company Building
Built 1866
NRHP Reference # 73001575
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 20, 1973
Designated NHL September 20, 2005[2]
Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site
Chinese 金華中藥店歷史地點
Literal meaning Kam Wah Chung Pharmacy Historic Site

The Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum, also known as Kam Wah Chung Company Building, is a state park and a National Historic Landmark that preserves early Chinese culture in John Day in the U.S. state of Oregon.[2] Built in 1866 or 1867 as a trading post along a wagon road later known as The Dalles Military Road, it later became the center of the Chinese community in John Day as a store and apothecary run by Ing Hay (known also as "Doc Hay") and Lung On, Chinese immigrants from Guangdong.[3]

The building remained abandoned after Ing Hay died in 1952. He asked that the building be deeded to the city of John Day with the provision it be turned into a museum. His wish, and the ownership of the building, were forgotten until 1967. While surveying for a new park the city discovered its ownership of the building and began to restore it as it was in the 1940s.

Today the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum contains one of the most extensive collections of materials from the century-long influx of Chinese immigrants in the American West. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and designated a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 2005.[2][3]

See also


  1. Bannan, Jan (2002). Oregon State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide (2nd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. pp. 219–20. ISBN 0-89886-794-0. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Kam Wah Chung Company Building" (Statement of Significance). National Historic Landmarks Program, National Park Service. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Donovan, Sally; Griffith, Sarah (September 2005), National Historic Landmark Nomination: Kam Wah Chung Company Building (PDF), National Historic Landmarks Program, National Park Service, retrieved July 1, 2011 .

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