Tomball, Texas Homes and Real Estate
Tomball is located in northwest Harris County with a population of almost 11,000 according to the 2010 census. Tomball, Texas homes and real estate are generally included within the greater Houston metropolitan area. The town was named after a local congressman; Thomas Henry Ball, in 1907. prior to that, the small community was named “Peck.” Congressman Ball played a role in the building and development of the Port of Houston.
Tomball has a rich and exciting history. Tomball began in the 19th century. Immigrants came and found an open land that received much rain. These fields did well in farming and cattle. In 1906 the area began to boom because engineers noticed the Tomball area was on the boundary between the low hills of Texas and the flat coastal plains of the Gulf, making it an ideal location for a train stop. The railroad could load more cargo on each car, because the topography gently sloped toward the Galveston ports and provided an easier downhill coast.
Even though the railroad times and boom lasted a decade, the oil and gas boom came next. In 1933, a large reservoir of oil was discovered under the town. This discovery created jobs and thousands of workers came to live and work in Tomball. In an odd twist of fate, the Humble Oil Company made an agreement with the city where every citizen would get free gas in exchange for rights to drill on the land. The agreement ended in 1988.
Tomball incorporated in 1933 – as a result, Houston did not incorporate Tomball into its own city limits. In the 1970s, due to the growth of Houston and the oil boom at the time, Tomball’s population increased quite a lot. For the next 50 years, the population would increase from from 15,000 to over 90,000 today.
Being the largest city in the area, Tomball is a commercial center with several hospitals and major shopping centers. One newer major shopping center is the Tomball Marketplace, which includes national store such as Ross, Marshalls and Kohl’s.