Texas Gulf Coast
28°38'48"N 96°53'48"W (28.646639, -96.896556)
Highway 185 and FM 616
15 Miles SE of Victoria
the county seat
ZIP code 77951
Area code(s) 361 Exchange: 897
Population: 2438 Est. (2019)
2,459 (2010) 2,562 (2000) 1,888 (1990)
Bloomington, Texas Area Hotels Victoria
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 2,459.
| Page family
homestead in Bloomington, 1910. Photograph is circa 1950. Contributed
by Patricia R. Thompson, grandchild of Peter Mark and Effie Mae Page.
| 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."
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
Lavaca Co., TX.
They had a daughter, Jewel, born in Abilene,
Taylor Co. TX 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
|The three men
on horses are (left to right): the Bank President, Sherrel Andrew
Pool, and the Bank Cashier.
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