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
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
benefitted 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.