One might assume Freedom is a sprawling community given those geographic distinction. It is not. The total population of the combined community of Freedom, according to the 2010 census, was 210.
And, where is the “real” Freedom, Idaho or Wyoming? That’s a little slippery, too. In the early 1920s, postal authorities gave Freedom, Idaho the bad news that there was already another town named Freedom in Idaho, and it already had a post office. That town, south of Grangeville, is today known as Slate Creek. Sticklers about avoiding confusing addresses, the postal authorities suggested residents of the Caribou County Freedom find another name. They liked the name of their town, so their solution was simply to put the post office across the border in Wyoming, since there was only one Freedom there.
The residents of Freedom (Idaho and Wyoming) liked the name of their bisected town, partly because it was that bisection that historically gave some of them freedom. The town was originally established as a Mormon community in 1879. That was back when polygamy was a part of church doctrine. It was, however, illegal. The handy state border that ran through the middle of town gave practitioners of polygamy a chance to avoid arrest by stepping out of the jurisdiction of Idaho authorities into Wyoming.
Today, Freedom (the Wyoming version) is probably best known as the site of Freedom Arms, a manufacturer of some powerful pistols. Both Freedoms are located in Star Valley, a stunningly beautiful place.