Tomball is located approximately 28 miles northwest of Houston along State Highway 249. Unlike most of Northwest Harris County which is unincorporated the city of Tomball is an actual town. The City of Tomball has a local government, city ordinances, public works, city council, community center .
The Tomball market area includes a much larger area than the city itself with 300 square miles of land in Northwest Harris County. The terrain is diverse including forested land and well as open rural land. Its elevation is higher than a lot of other areas, which reduces the chances of flooding.
With a rich history; the town has been around for over 90 years. It was first a railroad town and then became an oil town. The town was named after State Senator Thomas Henry Ball in 1907. Thomas Ball helped the town get established as a railroad center.
Dramatic changes happened back in 1933 when oil hit. A 100-foot gusher totally changed the area attracting hundreds of new people to the community. The city made a deal with Humble Oil and Gas allowing them to drill in the city. As part of the agreement the residents had free oil and gas for 50 years. The town was featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not as being the only city with free gas and water and no cemetery. To learn more about the history you can visit the historical museum just off Main street.
Tomball is a great place to shop with numerous antique shops and other shops tucked around the town. You will find a lot of shops in restored homes throughout the town.
You won't want to miss Charlotte's saddlery on Main Street.
Mel's Country Cafe is a bit of a landmark. They are actually a little off the beaten path and as you can tell the outside isn't much to look at but they are always busy. Their country cooking attracts people from all over the area. At lunch they have a steam table with 3 different daily lunch specials available. If you can eat the Mega Mel Burger within 2 hours your name goes on Mel's Mega wall of fame. The burger contains 1 % ½ pounds of ground beef, 1 pound of bacon, ¼ pound of American cheese. Note that someone ate it in 9 minutes.
The expansion of State Highway 249 has facilitated the areas growth. FM 2920 meets up with State Highway 249 at the robust Four Corners location. These two major roads make for an easy commute. This has also contributed to a strong economic base. Many companies have been attracted including HP Computer Corporation, Kwik Kopy Corporation, Friendswood Development, BJ Services and many others. New retail centers are also being attracted to the town. Both HEB and Kroger have added new stores at four corners. Lowe's Building Center has gone in with a Target next door. No longer do the residents have to go far to do their shopping.
The school district is Tomball ISD. It is a smaller district than many but is much sought after.
Tomball is close enough to the metro area that you can take advantage of the major events, professional sports teams and facilities. But it is far enough away that you still get a rural feel.
Tomball Texas Resources
- City of Tomball
- Tomball Chamber of Commerce
- Tomball Centennial Website
- Tomball library
- Tomball Economic Development
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