Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum

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Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site
金華中藥店歷史地點
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,
Coordinates 44°25′07″N 118°57′25″W / 44.4186111°N 118.9568611°W / 44.4186111; -118.9568611Coordinates: 44°25′07″N 118°57′25″W / 44.4186111°N 118.9568611°W / 44.4186111; -118.9568611
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, 19732
Designated NHL September 20, 20053

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.3 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.4

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 2005.34

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References

  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. ^ "Kam Wah Chung Company Building" (Nomination Form). National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  3. ^ a b c "Kam Wah Chung Company Building" (Statement of Significance). National Historic Landmarks Program, National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Kam Wah Chung Company Building" (Registration Form). National Historic Landmarks Program, National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 

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