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Tomball is Texan for FUN!
Located along the cross roads of State hwy 249 and FM 2920 in north Harris County, 28 miles from Downtown Houston, it is far from being a suburb of Houston. Tomball started out as a railroad town and later as an oil town. Named in the honor of State Senator Thomas Henry Ball in 1907 because of his influence in establishing Tomball as a railroad center for the transport of agricultural products.
An oil boom hit Tomball when a 100 foot gusher was brought in during 1933, attracting hundreds of new residents. Local resident received free natural gas for over 50 years in exchange for exclusive rights by Humble Oil and Gas to drill within the city.
Today Tomball is within the rapidly growing Northwest and North quadrant that has a strong economic base. Click to Learn more about Tomball City History.