At the northern tip of Harris County, Texas along Texas State Highway 249, lies the city of Tomball, Texas. Tomball is a suburb of Houston, TX and serves mainly as a residential city for people who want to live close to a large metropolitan area but also desire the quiet suburban lifestyle. What was once known as “Oil Town USA” and the center of the Texas oil rush in the 1930’s, Tomball is now a quiet community of about 10,000 residents.
Like most Texas towns and cities, Tomball can thank its existence to three industries - agriculture, railroads, and finally oil. Early settlers found the region to be very fertile and a perfect place to start farms and ranches. The region is also strategically located at the intersection of the Texas coastal plains and the low hill country. This made the area a perfect place for a railroad depot to connect the farm lands with the ports along the Gulf Coast. In the early 1900’s, Thomas Henry Ball masterminded the construction of the first railroads to come through what was then known as the town of Peck, Texas. The towns’ people never forgot Thomas Ball’s efforts to bring the railroads to Peck because when oil was discovered nearby in the 1930’s, and the city decided to officially incorporate, the town renamed itself to “Tom Ball” in honor of Thomas Henry Ball. Tom Ball was later merged into one word to form the name we know today as Tomball, TX.