Bloomfield is the neighborhood immediately north of Travis. Originally named Daniell's Neck when it was first settled in the 17th century. Later called Merrell Town after a local farmer. The name Bloomfield first appeared on a map in 1874.
A large oil storage terminal maintained by Gulf Oil was built in the neighborhood in 1936. The 442 acre terminal housed 82 tanks and was accessible by a service road of the West Shore Expressway which became Gulf Avenue. The terminal closed in 1998 and the tanks were later demolished.
On February 9, 1973 a disaster occurred in Bloomfield with natural gas. A TETCo storage tank (Texas Eastern Transmission Company) killed 40 employees. A Hilton Hotel opened in Bloomfield in 2003. A proposal in the 2000s to open a NASCAR racetrack in the former Gulf Oil site failed.
Bloomfield was site of the World's Largest Liquefied Gas Storage Tank. The Tank, a Property of the Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation Blew Up in February of 1973 Killing 43 Workers. | The U.S. National Archives