Gifford, Iowa

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Gifford, Iowa
Unincorporated community
Gifford is located in Iowa
Gifford is located in the US
Location within the state of Iowa
Coordinates: 42°17′18″N 93°5′26″W / 42.28833°N 93.09056°W / 42.28833; -93.09056Coordinates: 42°17′18″N 93°5′26″W / 42.28833°N 93.09056°W / 42.28833; -93.09056
Country United States
State Iowa
County Hardin
Elevation 945 ft (288 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID 456897

Gifford is an unincorporated community in southeastern Hardin County, Iowa, United States. It lies along local roads south of the city of Eldora, the county seat of Hardin County.[1] Its elevation is 945 feet (288 m).[2]


Gifford was laid out in 1875.[3] It was named for C. T. Gifford, who was instrumental in bringing the railroad there.[4] By 1880, Gifford was at junction of two railroads.[5]

Gifford's post office was established on November 9, 1875 and discontinued on February 28, 1907. Although the post office was reopened on February 17, 1908, it was again discontinued on October 31, 1954 and attached to the Union post office.[6] Although its post office is gone, Gifford has its own ZIP Code, 50259,[7] even though the ZIP Code system was not implemented until nearly nine years after Gifford's post office was attached to Union's.[8]