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Sharon Township

The following history is from the Clinton Herald, July 4, 1976:

While the township was founded in 1851, it was slow in developing because of a lack of streams and almost no timber.  At one time the township post office was located about four miles north of Lost Nation and the village died away.

Lost Nation, a name surrounded by a multitude of myths, first began as a station of the Sabula, Ackley and Dakota in 1871.  Platted in 1872 and incorporated in 1904, Lost Nation became the stock and shipping center for the township and a bustling community around the turn of the century.

(Established 1851)



28 Sep 1854 - 31 Jan 1889

P.O. for Smithtown

Lost Nation

20 Nov 1871 - Current

Smithtown   Location of Burgess Post Office


21 Busch
22 Rustic Park
23 Washington
24 Unnamed
25 Smithtown
26 Sacred Heart
27 Lost Nation


Biography of Sharon Twp. from the 1879 History of  Clinton   County  by  L. P.  Allen.

Biographies from the  1879  History of Clinton County by   L. P. Allen can be found on the Clinton County message boards

Biography of  Sharon Twp. from 1911 History of Clinton by  Mr. Wolfe.

1925 Atlas of Clinton County Sharon Twp. Farmer's Directory



There are quite a few farms in the area that have lasted over 100 years.  See the Century Farms page.

1939 Farmer's Directory

Castle Rock, Lost Nation, Clinton County, Iowa

Back of postcard for Castle Rock, Lost NationPost card courtesy of David Shedlock.  This is Castle Rock Cliffs, Lost Nation, IA.  The back is addressed to Mrs. A. W. Pithan from Annie.