L.B. Price float

“Largest ever” float trip for L. B Price Mercantile in 1923. (Photo courtesy of Lens & Pen Press. From “James Fork of the White: Transformation of an Ozark River,” which examines the entire watershed of the famed Ozark float stream, a tributary of the White River. Lens & Pen Press is having a half-price sale for all titles.)

The L.B. Price Mercantile Company was incorporated 18 February, 1898, and almost made it to 100 years, being dissolved in 1993. 

In its heyday it was a “great business house,” whose main offices and storerooms were at 13th and McGee in Kansas City. 

According to an undated (but likely early 1900s) article in the Kansas City Star profiling the firm, L.B. Price had retail stores selling “household specialties” across the southeast and into the Midwest and employed more than 600 people. 

This 1923 photo most likely shows men of the company’s upper management. A short bio of L.B. Price called him one of Kansas City’s “millionaire merchants.”

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