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Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site

Photo by Renée Alexander

Photo by Renée Alexander

Oregon's part in the Wild West was all about timber, fur, and gold. These resources were hard earned and provided opportunities to only the hardiest people of the time. At first glance, Eastern Oregon's history rarely evokes thoughts of diversity, but the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum gives visitors a unique glimpse into the past.

Located in the town of John Day, The Kam Wah Chung State Heritage site honors the Chinese communities whose backbreaking work helped bring Oregon, and all of the West, into the 20th century.

Built in the 1870s, this museum was once home to Ing "Doc" Hay and Lung On, two Chinese immigrants who became locally famous. In each perfectly-placed and preserved artifact, the once-thriving general store and Eastern medicine clinic springs back to life—offering a moment to submerge yourself in history and fill your senses with a slice of these industrious people's lives.

Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site




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