Description - Kam Wah Chung Museum is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Oregon history. This structure was built as a trading post on The Dalles Military Road in the mid-1800's. Chinese businessman Lung On and herbal doctor Ing Hay worked out of this building. Dr. Hay administered care to the Chinese gold-mine workers, pioneers, and others from the John Day area and beyond by using traditional Chinese remedies.
Copyright: Oregon State Parks
Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site
- Built to preserve the legacy of the Chinese workforce in Oregon, the museum contains artifacts and displays that share some of the trials of everyday life of these people.
Vital Stats: The museum is open seven days a week, Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m.-Noon/1-5 p.m., and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. The museum closes October 31 for the season and re-opens May 1. A small admission fee is charged.
The museum is open seven days a week, Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m.-Noon/1-5 p.m., and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. The museum closes October 31 for the season and re-opens May 1. The admission fee is $3 for adults; $2.50 for seniors and youths 6-16; $1 for kids under six. Call (541) 575-0028 or (800) 551-6949 for more information.
Recreation - This museum offers historical interpretive exhibits and interpretive tours.
Climate - Climate in Eastern Oregon varies greatly with elevation. The higher elevations experience colder temperatures and higher precipitation than the lower elevations. The region is much more arid and experiences greater temperature variations than western Oregon. Much of Eastern Oregon is considered high desert, where in some areas annual precipitation is less than 10 inches. Summer temperatures often reach 90 degrees in the lower elevations. Winters can be bitterly cold here, although there is little humidity. The mountains can receive heavy snowfall. If visiting the region during the summer months be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and chilly evening temperatures. Snow may be encountered on high country trails throughout the summer months.
Kam Wah Chung is located off US Highway 26, in John Day .