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Originally established as farmland during the mid-1800s, the area then known as Peck was renamed to Tomball in 1907 after Thomas Henry Ball. A former congressman and attorney, he was responsible for routing the railroad and its operations through the town, which ensured its continued growth for decades to come. Tomball today is a thriving city that offers comfortable country living in a suburban setting, and its convenient location next to major transportation hubs close to Houston has made it a highly sought-after area for homebuyers.

Things to Do

The Tomball Railroad Depot is a historic reminder of the city’s railroad legacy, and was relocated in a plaza at the corner of Market Street and S. Walnut Street, just across the railroad tracks. The beautifully-restored depot itself houses a museum containing train memorabilia, art, antiques, plus a model railroad, while just outside is a bronze statue of a conductor looking at his pocket watch. The plaza is a popular venue of many annual events and festivals, and also contains two other noteworthy city attractions, a vintage red caboose and a wooden gazebo.

A visit to the Tomball Museum Center will provide you with more insight on early Tomball architecture and lifestyle in the mid-19th century, with many restored historical buildings that were moved to this area, including the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Griffin Memorial-House, Theis House, Farm Museum, Log House, Oil Camp House, and a one-room School House.

Tomball Homes for Sale, Rentals and Houston Real Estate

Housing options in Tomball include a variety of choices, such as single-family residences and affordable starter homes on larger than average lots located in lovely neighborhoods with landscaped streets and cul-de-sacs, as well as a fine assortment of sprawling estates, luxury custom homes, and equestrian properties. Should you prefer to build your very own home according to your specifications, plenty of available vacant land and lots suitable for new construction can also be purchased.