LIBERTY, Okla. - America. Freedom. Independence.
These aren't just words tossed around during the Fourth of July.
They're names of communities located throughout the United States.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nine places have "Freedom" in their name, eleven have "Independence" and 35 places have "Eagle" as part of their name.
More than 30 places contain the word "Liberty," including one town in Oklahoma.
Located in rural southern Tulsa County, Liberty (population 220) is a place where peace lives.
It's a place where the sound most-likely to be heard, aside from a tractor plowing a field, are pleasant pitches of nature.
Barbara Kirk grew up in Liberty. Her family has lived in the community for generations.
"I've lived here all my life, nearly 70 years," said Kirk. "To me, I feel closer to God in the country than I do in town."
As Kirk remembers, the school inspired the town's patriotic name.
"They combined a lot of small schools and made one big school and they named it Liberty," she said.
Kirk says a lot has changed in Liberty, since she was a child.
"We didn't have electricity and we didn't have water when I was a young girl," she recalls.
But one thing that has not changed, she says, is the character of the people.
"They're just very peaceful. The ones that have been here forever are just very peaceful and God-loving," Kirk said. "Not many little towns or communities are left, but we're still here."
And the residents say they're still ready to welcome anyone who finds themselves in search of Liberty.
In addition to Liberty, the state of Oklahoma is also home to the towns of America (now considered a ghost town) and Freedom.
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