|Tomball / Magnolia is another one of those growing areas where two communities are right next to each other. Tomball, Texas is Harris Countys Northernmost town located 30 miles north of central downtown Houston. First named Peck after a well-known civil engineer, Tomball Texas was one of 40 train stations between Fort Worth and Galveston. On December 2, 1907, Peck became Tomball after Thomas Henry Ball, a man who had been influential in routing the railroad to the community. From that point, the people of Tomball Texas were primarily involved in farming and ranching lifestyles. In 1935 Tomball became a busy town when drillers struck oil on May 27. Humble Oil & Refining Company, currently Exxon, gave free water and natural gas to Tomball residents for 90 years in exchange for drilling rights within the citys limits. This has made real estate in Tomball Texas very attractive to homebuyers in the area. Tomball Texas has been featured in Ripleys Believe It or Not as the only city with free gas and water and still no cemetery. Tomball has a mayor-council form of city government, a police department, and a volunteer fire department.. A community college, Tomball College, opened in 1988. A museum complex created by the Spring Creek County Historical Association incorporated historical homes, a farm museum, and the Trinity Evangelical Church. during the 1990s Tomball continued to grow with the addition of many retail and computer-related businesses. The town also served as an out-of- way community for Houston commuters. In 2002 Tomball had a population of 9,544 and more than 1,700 businesses.|
Magnolia, Texas located twenty miles southwest of Conroe in southwestern Montgomery County, was first settled in the late 1840s. Magnolia was originally named Mink's Prairie for one of the early settlers; later shortened to Mink. The International-Great Northern Railroad built a line through the area, and it became Melton, in honor of Jim Melton, a large landowner in the county. Because the Post Office confused Melton with Milton, the community was renamed Magnolia for the Magnolia Trees in the bottom of Mill Creek
Over the year, Magnolias population has increased and decreased again. With the growth of the 1488 area, Magnolia Texas real estate is on hot demand and this area is again a thriving community where there is a little something for everyone.
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