Good Intent, Pennsylvania

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Good Intent
Unincorporated community
Good Intent is located in Pennsylvania
Good Intent
Good Intent
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°2′13″N 80°26′43″W / 40.03694°N 80.44528°W / 40.03694; -80.44528Coordinates: 40°2′13″N 80°26′43″W / 40.03694°N 80.44528°W / 40.03694; -80.44528
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Washington
Elevation 1,043 ft (318 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1175795[1]

Good Intent is an unincorporated community in Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States.


Good Intent is located in West Finley Township[2] in Southwestern Washington County, which is itself in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The community sits where Hutchison Road and Robinson Run Road intersect with State Road 3025, also known as Good Intent Road.


In 1795, Edward Tighlman bought 30,000 acres from Robert Morris of Philadelphia. This land was laid out into 75 tracts. It is presumed this is when Good Intent received its name.[2] In the early 1800s a mill was built at Good Intent by Robert Wolf, using power provided by Wheeling Creek.[3] Some time in the mid-19th century a post office was established, the original postmaster being John Ensel. This post office operated at least until the early 1900s[4] In 1850 the area was served by two doctors and four nurses based in Good Intent. A general store opened in 1845, was operated by M. J. Flynn in the early 20th century,[5] and closed in the mid-20th century. By 1882 the community boasted several businesses, including two blacksmith shops and a tannery.[2] Oil production was known in the area by 1888.[6] In the mid-1900s the community had a church. Several business including a barbershop and a blacksmith shop still operated in Good Intent at this time, although by 2010 the community consisted of only around 10 houses.[7]


A school was established in Good Intent in the 19th century,[2] and it operated until the mid-20th century.[7]


Employment centers around coal production and various mills in the area.[7]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Good Intent, Pennsylvania
  2. ^ a b c d White, William A. (April 30, 1953). "Good Intent, Pa". The Pittsburg Press. p. 21. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Pitzer, Sara (1997). Pennsylvania: Off the Beaten Path. Globe Pequot Press. p. 7. ISBN 9780762700721. 
  4. ^ Moonis, Raza (1990). Geographical Dictionary Of The World In The Early 20th Century With Pronouncing Gazetteer. Concept Publishing Company. p. 734. ISBN 9788172680114. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "M. J. Flynn, Retired Realtor, Celebrates 90th Birthday". The Washington Observer. December 28, 1951. p. 2. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ Board of Commissioners for the Geological Survey (1890). Seventh Report on the Oil and Gas Fields of Western Pennsylvania for 1887, 1888. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Geological Survey of Pennsylvania. p. 305. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Roddy, Dennis B. (September 26, 2010). "State government too abstract, too far down road to stir voters' imaginations". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 29, 2013.