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Established in 1994, the Mission Road Antique Mall has the largest selection of quality antiques, vintage furnishings, and decorative accessories in the Midwest. Our landmark location at 83rd Street and Mission Road offers 50,000 square feet of individual showrooms, creatively merchandised by 300+ of the area's finest resale vendors.

 

In addition to furnishings from all eras, you'll find an enormous selection of jewelry, lamps and light fixtures, art, architectural elements, rugs, silver, glass, pottery, linens, quilts, books, and seasonal decorations.

 

History

 

The Mission Road Antique Mall is housed in the famous Woolford Farms stables.  Here, Herbert Woolf of Woolf Brothers in Kansas City, brought together a young three year old horse of quality pedigree, an established trainer, and an up and coming jockey to make horse racing history.

 

In 1931, Woolf hired Ben Jones to work as a horse trainer at the Woolford Farms, where he stayed until 1939.  During that time, Woolf purchased Insco (progeny of Sir Gallahad III and valued at $30,000) for $500 because he was the only bidder to brave a severe rainstorm at a horse auction in Lexington, Kentucky.  Insco sired Lawrin (with dam Margaret Lawrence) at Woolford Farms in 1935.

 

On May 7th 1938, at Churchill Downs, in 2:04.80 minutes, Lawrin became the first horse from west of the Mississippi and only horse from Kansas to win the Kentucky Derby (trained by Ben Jones and ridden by Eddie Arcaro).  Arcaro took Larwin from fifth place start to astrong lead at the last turn. Even though they were seriously challenged and began to tire with 1/8 of a mile to go, Arcaro and Lawrin were able to hold on to the lead and win the Derby by a length.

 

In 1938, Lawrin was the top winning horse, with 10 races earning a purse.  His overall record was 26 starts (races) with 9 wins (first), 8 places (second), and 2 shows (third) with earnings of $126,275.00.  Lawrin did not go on to run in the Preakness or Belmont Stakes that year.  While Woolford Farms enjoyed modest racing success after the 64th Kentucky Derby, Eddie Arcaro and trainer Ben Jones became horse racing legends, and both were inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

 

The Woolf Family used their winnings from the 1938 Kentucky Derby to sponsor numerous Jewish families in the United States who were fleeing Europe during the early part of World War II.

 

In 1955, Lawrin died and was buried next to Insco on a low hill on the Woolford Farms.  Their monument is at 59 Le Mans Court in Prairie Village, just a couple blocks from the Mission Road Antique Mall.