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Tomball is Northwest of Houston and has a population of just under 10,000 people. “Hometown with a Heart,” is what many residents call Kingwood due to its sense of community and of traditional values.
The area that is now Tomball, Texas was originally settled by German and European settlers in the early 1800s. The land now known as historic Downtown Tomball was originally granted to William Hurd in 1838.
Settlers came to Tomball mainly to promote agricultural activities, lured by its peaceful streams, its rolling pastures and beautiful pine trees.
In 1906 the area became the town of Peck, Texas. Shortly after, in 1907, the town was renamed after Senator Thomas H. Ball who helped the area thrive by running the railways through town, which was extremely important to the prosperity of the agricultural businesses in the area.
In 1933 the Humble Oil & Refining Co. found Oil in Tomball. As a result, Tomball became known as “Oil Town USA,” and the citizens benefited from an unusual deal with the oil drilling company: The town was given free natural gas to all residents for ninety years!
Today Tomball is known for its small town atmosphere and as a peaceful home to thousands who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Houston.