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History of Moving Industry

The household goods moving industry was developed in the U.S. around the expansion of the intercontinental railroads during the 1800s.

The turn of the century saw the introduction of the first specialized covered wagons and then, a few short years later, newfangled motor trucks designed specifically to transport the personal effects of adventurous Americans using the country’s growing network of national highways.

The original “moving van” that replaced the horse drawn dray wagons consisted of small, two axle trucks powered by simple two-cylinder, air-cooled engines.
As the country grew and then expanded more quickly after World War II new opportunities steadily developed in these burgeoning relocation businesses as new steel and concrete warehouses began springing up around the country for storing household goods.

The storage industry is believed to have established its roots “across the pond” in the 1800s when British banking institutions were asked to safeguard valuable ‘stuff for their clients who were embarking on extended voyages. The idea of “do-it-yourself storage didn’t take hold in the U.S. until much later when the first facility opened in Texas in the mid-1960s. Shortly thereafter, the popular notion of self-storage quickly spread to the West Coast and throughout the U.S.