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GANDER SLU, TEXAS. Gander Slu, near Sullivan in eastern Guadalupe County, was from 1859 to 1866 the site of a post office called Barrowsdale, after Dr. Leonard Barrow. Oil was discovered in the area in 1922. The landowner, a Mr. Allen, suggested the name Allensville for the community that grew up around the oilfield, but one of the workers suggested "Gander Slough," a play on the name of the Goose Creek oilfield. The worker put up a sign with the spelling "Slu." The population was twenty-five in 1945, when the settlement included a few houses, a cemetery, and oil pumps. Gander Slu was not shown on county highway maps in 1987.


Willie Mae Weinert, An Authentic History of Guadalupe County (Seguin, Texas: Seguin Enterprise, 1951; rpt. 1976).

Willie Mae Weinert


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Willie Mae Weinert, "GANDER SLU, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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