As Stevens Worldwide Van Lines and its employees celebrate the Independence Day holiday, we reflect on our pride in being an American company and our privilege to serve customers in all corners of the nation.
In our 106 years in the moving and storage business, our moving professionals have traveled to all parts of our great country including some of those cities and towns with fitting names for this Fourth of July, like those that tout “Liberty,” “Independence,” “Patriot,” “Freedom,” or “America” on their city halls and Post Office doors.
Annually, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines movers trek thousands of miles throughout the United States. Last year, Stevens’ corporate moving trucks logged nearly 11 million miles.
Liberty is the name of at least 12 towns, four cities and 14 townships throughout the United States – ranging in size from the largest, Liberty, Mo., with a population of 29,993 to 86 residents in Liberty, Neb.
At least 10 cities and towns from California to Virginia boast “Independence” in their names. Again, the city in Missouri is the most populous of those with the all-American name. Independence, Mo., with a population of 116,830 is the fourth largest city in the state, and was a quick stop on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and home to Harry S Truman.
An Indiana town stands alone as the only community in the U.S. named Patriot. Situated in the southeast section of the state, Patriot, Ind., is home to just more than 200 residents.
Pennsylvania really boasts its “freedom” with two communities using the word. Freedom, Pa., is just northwest of Pittsburgh in the west central part of the state; while New Freedom, Pa., has about 3,500 residents in southeast part of the state. There are at least three other “Freedom” towns – in California, Iowa and Missouri.
Only a few cities in America actually use the word “America” in their names. The city of Norwood Young America, Minn., is a relatively new city, forming on Jan. 1, 1997 when the cities of Norwood and New America merged. With nearly 22,000 residents, American Fork, Utah is the most populous of the “America” towns.