History of Tomball, Texas

When the Humble Oil Company (Exxon) found oil in 1933, Peck became “Oiltown, USA.” But it’s Thomas Ball who brought the railway to town that is honored in the name Tomball. He set in train a period of growth and prosperity that continues to this day.

Original settlers, many from the Black Forest region of Germany, were drawn to the verdant forests and rich soil around Spring Creek. Today, you’ll find a thriving business community with lots of amenities, parks and recreational areas and plenty of folks to enjoy them with.

Where to Live in Tomball, Texas

Wildwood at NorthPointe offers a perfect getaway from the commotion of the big city. Residents enjoy superb facilities, including a swimming pool, a clubhouse, a playground, tennis courts, lakes and a trail system winding through the neighborhood and lovely landscapes. And within minutes are 11 different City of Tomball parks, several excellent golf courses and other attractions. Located just off SH 249, this master-planned community offers houses that are priced between $200,000s to the $600,000s.

Willowcreek Ranch offers 1-7+ acre sites set around a 40-acre centerpiece lake for swimming, canoeing, or fishing. There is an equestrian center, miles of hiking and riding trails, outstanding parks. The five-star Lakehouse Lodge and clubhouse features a first-rate fitness facility. Prices for the 210 homes start at $800,000. Despite its proximity to Hwy 249, FM2920 and the Grand Parkway, this gated community allows peaceful, pastoral living.

Woodtrace is at the crossroads of small town Tomball and big city convenience. Set along SH 249, this gated community features homes from $280,000s to the $800,000s. The whole family will enjoy the recreation center, pool, park and clubhouse, five miles of greenbelt paths with footbridges and trails, 23-acre Woodtrace Lake with a canoe/kayak launch and fishing dock. Located in the Tomball Independent School District, residents of Woodtrace also have easy access to nearby shopping, dining and entertainment. Find out more at:

Hayden Lakes is a new master-planned community located in Cypress, Texas and zoned to the Tomball Independent School District. The 200-acre community is offering a wide array of amenities such as a lakeside recreation center with a resort-style pool, club house, playground and dog park. Hayden Lakes has many pocket parks, open spaces, scenic lakes and trails.

Local Information on Tomball, Texas

Looking for fun? You’ll find it in Tomball. Public parties happen year round and the Tomball Museum Center presents a living history of Tomball from the 1900s in its many historical buildings. The area boasts world-class equestrian centers, parks and golf courses.

Your medical needs will be ably met at the Tomball Regional Medical Center, which just spent almost $7 million to upgrade its facilities and invest in two surgical robots.

Tomball Independent School District serves most of the area’s children and is comprised of 15 outstanding learning centers.

You’ll find Tomball just 28 miles northwest of downtown Houston on FM2920 at State Highway 249.