The original settlers to the area now called Tomball began arriving from Europe in the mid-1800s filled dreams, hope for a better life, and a desire for true freedom in a new home.
These pioneers were pleased to find the thick, lush forests around Spring Creek to be much like the Black Forest of Germany and prime property for a soon-to-come lumber industry. They also found the rich soil throughout the area to be perfect for farming and livestock.
Just after the turn of the 20th Century this simple railroad stop and surrounding community was named Peck, but soon that all would change. In ceremonies held on December 2, 1907 at the now historic downtown depot, Peck was renamed Tomball in honor of the man responsible for routing the railroad and its operations through the small town . . . his name was Thomas Ball.
Thomas Ball was a lawyer for the Trinity & Brazos Valley Railroad, a former congressman, practice law in Houston, was three-time mayor of Huntsville, Texas and is known as the “Father of the Port of Houston”. By turning the sleepy town into a vibrant rail center, Ball virtually ensured the growth that would follow for years to come.
As the city continued to grow over the next 25-years, residents had little idea of the economic boon that was about to gush into their lives. On May 27th, 1933 the Humble Oil Company struck oil southwest of town earning Tomball the nationally recognized nickname of “Oiltown USA”. Humble Oil Company, now known as Exxon, and more than 20 other energy companies worked the fields around the City for many years producing more than 100 million barrels of oil and 316 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
In the decades to follow Tomball has continued to grow into an economically diverse and prosperous community near to the big city while retaining its small town history and hometown sensibilities.
Tomball Independent School District is a highly regarded public school system with a reputation for excellence. It serves over 16,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 across 20 campuses. Tomball ISD takes pride in its progressive instructional programs and maintains a strong foundation of guiding principles, beliefs, and a visionary mission of the future. Tomball and its school district are unique because of their heritage, traditions, and hometown appeal. Parents choose Tomball ISD because of the district’s unwavering commitment to high student achievement characterized by quality instruction, equality of opportunities and resources, demonstrated results, strong parental involvement and community support. In Tomball ISD, we believe our students are leading in “Creating the Future!”
From history and nature, to fun-filled festivals, live music, sports, unique shopping and award winning mom-and-pop restaurants, Tomball is at the center of it all.
Here’s just a sample of what’s waiting for you in Tomball, Texas right now!
Tea rooms and Country cooking, award winning Texas craft barbecue and Baja-style Mexican treats, homemade desserts and ice cream hand-dipped by real soda jerks.
The Tomball Museum Center with a dozen restored buildings and museums.
Tomball’s historic railroad Depot and museum
The "O" scale T&W Model Railway and "Z" scale Golden~Blackhawk & Central City Model Railway
More than 40 historic cemeteries, markers, museums and homes within a short drive
Three dozen driving ranges and golf courses for all skill levels just minutes away
Parks and nature preserves
Hiking and biking trails
Fishing and birding
Kayaking and canoeing along Spring Creek or Cypress Creek
Disc golf and paintball
Art exhibits at local galleries and the nearby Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The annual Christmas Candlelight Tours at Tomball’s Museum Center
Local community and professional theater productions
Live performances from well known “Texas music” artists and those on the way up at Main Street Crossing
Awarding-winning festivals and events such as:
The Tomball Honky Tonk Chili Challenge - May
Beetles, Brew & Barbecue - September
Rail & Tails Mudbug Festival - May
The Tomball Bluegrass Festival - October
July 4th Celebration & Street Party - July
The Tomball German Heritage Festival - March
German Christmas Festival and Christmas on Commerce - December
Tomball Night - August
Zomball in Tomball - October
The Freight Train Food Truck Festival - October
Certified and informal runs and walks such as the annual Tomball Bunny Run
The family-oriented “2nd Saturday at the Depot” for kids
The award winning Tomball Farmers Market
Antiquing and treasure hunting throughout the historic downtown district
Shopping at boutiques and specialty shops
Christmas tree farms
Haunted downtown “Ghost Tours”
Exploring pioneer life at Kleb Woods Nature Center and Farm
Picking your own fruit and berries at the Matt Family Orchard
Cork This, Bernhardt and more than ten other wineries along the Bluebonnet Wine Trail
Sampling Texas craft beers at area breweries such as 11 Below, Southern Star and Lone Pint
Whitmeyer's Distilling Co. is just minutes away
Shooting nature photography on more than 575 combined areas of nearby woodlands
Catching the waves at Wet-n-Wild's SplashTown Waterpark – the largest waterpark in southeast Texas
And, these are just a few of the many reasons why “Tomball is Texan for Fun!” Check it out for yourself . . .