John Day in Grant County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Welcome to Kam Wah Chung
No food, no work and little hope in war-torn China. Across the Pacific, the Golden Mountain (California) beckons. The catch? Perhaps never again seeing your wife, children or home.
The Way to John Day
In the late 1800s, massive hydraulic mining operations based in nearby Canyon City needed cheap labor. Word spread and the Chinese came by the thousands. By 1885, almost everyone in Canyon City employed a Chinese laborer. When their
Erected by Oregon State Parks.
Location. 44° 25.133′ N, 118° 57.342′ W. Marker is in John Day, Oregon, in Grant County. Marker is on NW Canton Street when traveling north. Touch for map. The markers are located in the parking area at the end of Canton Street right in front of the historic Kam Wah Chung building. Marker is in this post office area: John Day OR 97845, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kam Wah Chung Company Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Day/Canyon City (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Advent Christian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Adventist Christian Church As told by an old timer (approx. 2 miles away); Welcome To Canyon City (approx. 2.1 miles away); Canyon City Mural (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in John Day.
More about this marker. There are four markers at this location telling the story of Kam Wah Chung and the John Day Chinatown.
Regarding Welcome to Kam Wah Chung. If visiting during open season be sure to stop at the visitor center to go through their exhibits and get a ticket for the free tour inside the building.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2017, by Don Hann of Canyon City, Oregon. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on January 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Don Hann of Canyon City, Oregon. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.