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Petticoat Lane, East from Main Street
Petticoat Lane, East from Main Street
TitlePetticoat Lane, East from Main Street
DescriptionPostcard of Petticoat Lane, East from Main Street
Historical ArticlePetticoat Lane is pictured on a 1908 post card that shows the popular store for men and boys, Browning-King, in the foreground, on the southeast corner of Main and Petticoat Lane.

This site at 11th and Main originally was the location of one of Kansas City's early lumber yards, that of Lewis Deardorff which was founded in 1860.

Browning-King, which displaced the lumber yard, was the sixth store of the big national clothing firm. The chain was founded in 1851 by W. C. Browning.

In the 1870s a partnership was formed with H. W. King of Chicago, and the name was changed to Browning-King. Besides two stores in New York, stores were opened in the following cities: Brooklyn, St. Louis, Boston, Providence, Buffalo, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Omaha, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

In 1913, Browning-King moved from Petticoat Lane to new quarters at 11th and Grand in the old Kansas City Star building, which was being remodeled. A large electrical scoreboard over the Grand Avenue entrance of the store attracted large crowd during the baseball season.

Today Harzfeld's occupies the old Petticoat and Main site in an 11-story building erected in 1913.

Kansas City Times
October 27, 1978

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectPetticoat Lane
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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