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Just 28-miles northwest of downtown Houston, the city 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 just outside the city, starting a years-long oil boom and tagging Tomball with the nickname Oiltown USA." Today, the city celebrates its roots in the oil industry, railroad and agriculture. It is a hub of attractions and entertainment options, including music, antiquing, art galleries, nature trails, birding and historic buildings.
The David Wayne Hooks Airport is the state's largest privately owned airport, accommodating props, jets and helicopters. It's also home to several vintage World War II aircraft. Medical facilities include Tomball Regional Medical Center, Texas Sports Medicine Clinic and Tomball VA Outpatient Clinic. It also is home to Lone Star College - Tomball.
Annual events include the Tomball German Heritage Festival in March, Tomball Night in August, Bluegrass Festival in October, holiday parade in October and Tomball German Christmas Market in December.