THE CITY OF TOMBALL
Tomball, a small Texas city, is located in Harris County. The city bears the name of Thomas Henry Ball in 1907. This Congressman is known for his contribution to the construction of Port of Houston, and for it has been immortalized in this way.
HISTORY OF TOMBALL, TX
The first settlements in this area appeared at the beginning of the 19th century. The settlers were attracted by the fertility of the land and the well-balanced climate. The soil received as much moisture as needed for successful farming. It took some time before this area was paved with the railway. The location of Tomball made It ideal for the construction of the railway station. This had the most positive impact on the life of the city: after the completion of construction, hotels and salons began to appear in it, guests began to come to the city, bringing him considerable income. An interesting fact is that at first the area was named after the senior engineer, Peck.
But the railway boom soon ended, and a new era began for Tomball – oil was discovered right under the city. Naturally, it attracted even more attention to the city. Despite the fact that the oil fields in this area were depleted quickly enough, the city still lived for a long time at the expense of those who hoped to find new sources and get rich.
And, most interestingly, the efforts were successful. After a while, people discovered a new, richer and more stable gusher. The city was quickly flooded with oil companies eager to join the benefits. Due to this gusher, the city existed until 1988. Then it was exhausted, and all agreements related to its operation were terminated.
The boundaries of the city were finally marked in 1933. After WWII, Tomball’s growth continued from an unexpected side: the population began to grow at the expense of people who fled from the difficult life of the “big cities”. Tired of the endless stress caused by a barely-passed sense of danger and the difficult conditions of city life, people sought a more comfortable and peaceful existence in cities like Tomball. Tomball’s proximity to large settlements allowed new residents to stay in touch with the “big world”, but to live in a quiet place with low taxes and crime. Interestingly, 80% of the buildings were built after 1970 – it is easy to estimate the period of population growth.
CLIMATE, GEOGRAPHY, AND POPULATION
Tomball climate is defined as humid subtropical (CFA, as indicated in the respective maps) and is famous for rather hot summers, but fairly mild winters.
Geographic coordinates of the city are 30° 5′ 49.8876” N and 95° 36′ 58.3308” W
Tomball has a sister city located in Germany – the town of Telgte. Since 40’s of the last century, Tomball there is a fairly stable population growth. After the census in 1940, the population was very small – only 668 people. In 2016, the population was more than 11 thousand people.
The airport of the Tomball is located, to be precise, not in the city, and not far from it. The airport is named in the memory of David Wayne Hooks. The airport was considered as part of Tomball in 2007, despite its somewhat remote location.
The city has both private and public schools. It offers residents of 8 public elementary schools and about 12 private.
Public Schools of Tomball:
- Willow Creek
- Canyon Pointe
- Canyon Pointe
- Timber Creek
- Decker Prairie
- Rosehill Elementary School
The private schools of the Tomball are religious in the majority. One of the representatives of Lone Star College also offers its residents educational services. In addition, the city has a great library, located just in Lone Star College.
FAMOUS PEOPLE OF TOMBALL
Tomball is now known for his athletes, and here are some famous names:
- Justin Jackson, NBA
- Jimmy Butler, NBA
- Ray Collins, NBA
- Charlie Hayes, MLB
- Roger Vick, NFL
- Keith Heinrich, NFL
- Chris Herrmann, MLB
- Jenny Adams, Field, and Track
- Dave Smith, MLB
- Nick Tremark, MLB
- Clint Fagan, MLB
- Brooke Daniels, Miss Texas
- Karlie Hay, Miss Teen USA