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BLOOMINGTON, TEXAS

Victoria County, Texas Gulf Coast
Highway 185 and FM 616
15 Miles SE of Victoria

Population: 2,562 (2000)


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Bloomington, Texas depot
Bloomington Depot
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006
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History in a Pecan Shell

The community was named after Bloomington, Illinois. The St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad built a depot here in 1906 and a post office was opened the following year. By 1925 the population was a healthy 600 people. By 1960 it reached 1,756 before dropping in the 1970s. By 1980 it was back up to 1,840 citizens and today it stands at a record of 2,562.

The following two vintage photos were contributed by Sherrill Pool Elizondo: "These pictures were taken in front of The Pool Land company in Bloomington, Texas, in 1912 when northerners were coming in by train to buy land."
Bloomington Texas - Pool Land Co,  Sherrel Andrew Pool
Sherrel Andrew Pool (grandfather of Sherrill Pool Elizondo) in front of the Pool Land Company Office. "Sherrel Andrew POOL was born November 1883 in Buckholts, Milam Co. TX. He died in Boerne, Kendall Co. TX., on January 29, 1934. He married Ida Belle ANDERSON of Hallettsville, Lavaca Co., TX. They had a daughter, Jewel, born in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas in 1907. His son, Sherrel Andrew POOL Jr. (aka S.A. or Jack) was born in Bloomington TX on January 5, 1913. The family later moved to Abilene, Taylor Co. TX., where Sherrel Andrew Pool Sr.'s father and mother, Andrew Manson POOL and Margaret Francis Mowdy Pool, owned the Adams Hotel. My grandfather Sherrel and grandmother Ida worked in the hotel. In the Victoria Tx. census of 1910, the entry states his occupation was restaurant proprietor." - Sherrill Pool Elizondo, February 27, 2014
Bloomington Texas - Bankders & Sherrel Andrew Pool
The three men on horses are (left to right): the Bank President, Sherrel Andrew Pool, and the Bank Cashier.
Bloomington Tx St Patricks Catholic Church
St Patricks Catholic Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006
Bloomington Tx Morning Star Baptist Church
Morning Star Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006
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