History of Goodman

McDonald County Historical Society has reprinted the History of Goodman Book. Books can be purchased for $25.00 at the Goodman City Hall or the McDonald County Historical Society, in Pineville, Missouri.


Goodman is the northernmost town located in McDonald County. The town has 5 Retail stores, 6 Industries, 8 Service Businesses. 2 Convenience Stores, 2 Banks, 1 Trailer Park,1 Gas Station, 2 Managed Care Homes, a Senior Citizen apartment complex and a Post Office.

Goodman was the fruition of the first penetration of the railroad into the county. This area was the first to experience the impact of the construction of the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad in the county. A depot was built just inside the county in the Village of Donahue, later known as Goodman.

 The name was changed in honor of Lowell Goodman, one of the owners of the Ozark Orchard Company.  Orchards covered more than 2,500 acres in Goodman and surrounding areas. Strawberries were also important to the early Goodman economy. The orchards and strawberry fields are gone, but the community remains.