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Located on the West bench of Sanpete Valley, about six miles northwest of Moroni at the foot of the West Mountains. Freedom is seven miles south of Fountain Green and four miles north of Wales. It is twenty-two miles north of Manti. Strictly a farming community, the elevation is 5,760 feet. The community began in 1870 or 1871; there is a difference of opinion. However, it became a county precinct in 1875. The founder of Freedom is William L. "Doc" Draper. The original name was Draper, Utah, named after its founder. However, the postal authorities made them change the name because there was a town called Draper, Utah, south of Salt Lake City, which was named for "Doc" Draper's father, William Draper, Jr. It was then called Freedom because freedom was what they wanted and the people felt now they could do anything they wanted. The first Latter-day Saint (Mormon) ward was organized in 1877 with Henry Draper, Doc's brother, as the first bishop. Lucy Christiansen, daughter of Henry Draper, was the first child born. "Doc" Draper donated the land for the cemetery when his four-month-old son and his five-year-old daughter died within a 48-hour period. There is one Native American, Indian Jim, buried in the cemetery. Freedom's maximum population was over 150 people, about 20 families. Because it was difficult to get to Moroni, the roads were bad and individuals found more advantages in Moroni, they moved away. Electricity came to Freedom in 1935. Compiled by Janice and Marlyce Rawlings.