Tomball, Texas


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 . . .

Jan Gillespie
Jan Gillespie