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GOODRICH, TEXAS

Polk County, East Texas

Highways 59, 393, and FM 1988 and FM 2665
70 miles N of Houston
18 miles N of Cleveland
7 miles S of Livingston
Population: 267 (2010) 243 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named after local landowner William M. Goodrich when the Houston, East and West Texas Railway arrived in Polk County in the 1870s.

Goodrich was granted a post office sometime prior to 1882 but growth was practically nil until Wilson W. Armitage built a store at the site. In 1900 Goodrich had a school, gin, with bith grist and sawmill. After 1900 Goodrich added other businesses even while the local timber industry was declining - forcing people to reestablish cotton and vegetable crops. The Goodrich oil field was discovered in 1941 and subsequent discoveries have helped Goodrich and Polk County.

The population which was estimated at 200 in the mid 1920s increased slowly to 350 in the mid 1980s. It was reported at 243 on the 2003 state map.

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