Acton was platted in 1884, and named for Lord Acton. A post office was established at Acton in 1884, and remained in operation until 1889. With the construction of the railroad, business activity shifted to nearby Lakeland, and the town's population dwindled.
- Sawyer, Martha F. (May 19, 1982). "Acton – a vanished community". Lakeland Ledger. pp. 3C. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
- "Polk County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
- Sawyer, Martha F. (Jun 1, 1988). "Conversation pieces: Polk history about towns lost and found". Lakeland Ledger. pp. 10C. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
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