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Kam Wah Chung Company Building
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Kam Wah Chung building
Location: John Day, Grant County, Oregon
Coordinates: 44°25′7.0″N 118°57′24.7″W / 44.41861°N 118.956861°W / 44.41861; -118.956861Coordinates: 44°25′7.0″N 118°57′24.7″W / 44.41861°N 118.956861°W / 44.41861; -118.956861
Built/Founded: 1866
Governing body: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Added to NRHP: March 20, 1973[1]
Designated NHL: September 20, 2005[2]
NRHP Reference#: 73001575

The Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum, also known as Kam Wah Chung Company Building, is a National Historic Landmark in John Day, Oregon that preserves early Chinese culture in Oregon. First built in 1876 as a trading post along 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.

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. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.  
  2. ^ a b "Kam Wah Chung Company Building". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-11-19.  
  3. ^ Sally Donovan and Sarah Griffith (September, 2005), National Historic Landmark Nomination: Kam Wah Chung Company Building / Kam Wah Chung MuseumPDF (919 KB), National Park Service  

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