This city in northwest Harris County was named for Thomas H. Ball, a prominent Houston attorney and U.S. Congressman from Texas at the turn of the century. On May 27, 1933, an oil gusher erupted near the city starting an oil boom. The community's growth is linked with Houston's.
The David Wayne Hooks Airport is the state's largest privately owned airport. Antique and other shops dot downtown.
The city's medical facilities include Tomball Regional Hospital and the Texas Sports Medicine Clinic. It is home to Tomball College.
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