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GOURD NECK, TEXAS (Rusk County). Gourd Neck, also spelled Gourdneck, was a rural community located seven miles southwest of the present town of Minden in south central Rusk County. The settlement began in the 1840s and planter Julien Sidney Devereux, owner of the nearby Monte Verdi Plantation, was most likely one of the founders. A Councellor Henderson taught the first school in Gourd Neck in 1848. On June 22, 1880, a post office opened in the community, and H. Perkins and then Frank Galloway served as postmaster. The post office closed in 1881, however. In the twentieth century no maps depicted Gourd Neck.


Rusk County History (Henderson: Rusk County Historical Commission, 1982). Dorman H. Winfrey, Julien Sidney Devereux and His Monte Verdi Plantation (Waco: Texian Press, 1962).

Laurie E. Jasinski


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

Laurie E. Jasinski, "GOURD NECK, TX (RUSK COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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