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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Tomball.

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Tomball, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Tomball and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...

    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Tomball:
    • 30.096576, -95.618989
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Tomball
       
  • Waymarking ...

    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com
       

Curious and Interesting Names Near Tomball ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

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    • Charterwood

      • Charterwood lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Tomball
      • Link to Google Map centered on Charterwood
    • Decker Prairie

      • Decker Prairie [Montgomery County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Tomball
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decker Prairie
    • Five Oaks

      • Five Oaks lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Tomball
      • Link to Google Map centered on Five Oaks
    • Londonderry

      • Londonderry lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Tomball
      • Link to Google Map centered on Londonderry
    • Oklahoma

      • Oklahoma [Montgomery County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Tomball
      • Link to Google Map centered on Oklahoma
    • Rose Hill

      • Rose Hill lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Tomball
      • Link to Google Map centered on Rose Hill
    • Spring Creek Forest

      • Spring Creek Forest lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Tomball
      • Link to Google Map centered on Spring Creek Forest
    • Stagecoach

      • Stagecoach [Montgomery County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Tomball
      • Link to Google Map centered on Stagecoach
    • Willow

      • Willow lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Tomball
      • Link to Google Map centered on Willow
    • Willow Forest

      • Willow Forest lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Tomball
      • Link to Google Map centered on Willow Forest

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Tomball. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

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    • Johnny Ace     (Musician)

      • Musician. He was born in Memphis (Tennessee) on Sunday June 9, 1929 and died in Houston (Texas) on Saturday December 25, 1954 at the age of 25. He is buried at New Park Cemetery (Shelby County, Tennessee).
      • Houston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Tomball.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Johnny Ace<2>
    • Jewel Akens     (Singer)

      • Singer. He was born in Houston (Texas) on Tueday September 12, 1933 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday March 1, 2013 at the age of 79. He is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Houston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Tomball.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jewel Akens<2>
    • Alan Dante 'The Horse' Ameche     (Professional football)

      • Professional football. He was born in Kenosha (Wisconsin) on Thursday June 1, 1933 and died in Houston (Texas) on Monday August 8, 1988 at the age of 55. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania).
      • Houston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Tomball.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alan Dante 'The Horse' Ameche<2>
    • Curtis Edward Amy     (Musician)

      • Musician. He was born in Houston (Texas) on Friday October 11, 1929 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday June 5, 2002 at the age of 72. He is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Houston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Tomball.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Curtis Edward Amy<2>
    • Donald 'Red' Barry     (Actor)
    • Stanwood Fulton 'Stan' Baumgartner     (Major League Baseball)
    • Alan Bean     (Astronaut, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, painter)

      • Astronaut, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, painter. He was born in Wheeler (Texas) on Tueday March 15, 1932 and died in Houston (Texas) on Saturday May 26, 2018 at the age of 86. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington County, Virginia).
      • Houston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Tomball.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alan Bean<2>
    • Ricky Lynn Bell     (Professional football)

      • Professional football. He was born in Houston (Texas) on Friday April 8, 1955 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday November 28, 1984 at the age of 29. He is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Houston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Tomball.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ricky Lynn Bell<2>
    • Billy Bizor     (Musician)

      • Musician. He was born in Centerville (Texas) on Wednesday September 3, 1913 and died in Houston (Texas) on Friday April 4, 1969 at the age of 55. He is buried at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery (Harris County, Texas).
      • Houston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Tomball.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Bizor<2>
    • Barbara Bush     (First Lady to President of George H.W. Bush (Presidenticy 1900-1900))

      • First Lady to President of George H.W. Bush (Presidenticy 1900-1900). She was born in New York (New York) on Monday June 8, 1925 and died in Houston (Texas) on Tueday April 17, 2018 at the age of 92.
      • Houston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Tomball.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Barbara Bush<2>
    • George H.W. Bush     (41st President of the US (1989 - 1993))

      • 41st President of the US (1989 - 1993). He was born in Milton (Massachusetts) on Thursday June 12, 1924 and died in Houston (Texas).
      • Houston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Tomball.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: George H.W. Bush<2>
    • Dixie Carter     (Actress)

      • Actress. She was born in McLemoresville (Tennessee) on Saturday May 25, 1929 and died in Houston (Texas) on Saturday April 10, 2010 at the age of 80. She is buried at McLemoresville Cemetery (Carroll County, Tennessee).
      • Houston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Tomball.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dixie Carter<2>
    • Jerry Denny     (Major League Baseball)

      • Major League Baseball. He was born in New York (New York) on Wednesday March 16, 1859 and died in Houston (Texas) on Tueday August 16, 1927 at the age of 68. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery (Harris County, Texas).
      • Houston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Tomball.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jerry Denny<2>

How Far From Tomball to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Tomball to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Tomball and extending to:

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    • Houston, which is the Seat of Harris County and lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Tomball to Houston, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take just over a day.

    • Austin, which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 127 miles [204.4 km]<1> to the west (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.

    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,216 miles [1,957 km]<1> to the northeast (NE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 48 days and walking would take 69 days.

    • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 7,079 miles [11,392.5 km]<1> and it lies to the northeast (NE).<5>

    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,802 miles [12,556.1 km]<1> and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>

    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,678 miles [9,137.9 km]<1> and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Tomball: www.ci.tomball.tx.us/

The official website for Harris County: www.co.harris.tx.us/

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Tomball) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Tomball. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Tomball

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tomball. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.0966, Longitude: -95.6190     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tomball have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<3>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<4>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Tomball to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 318.80 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.803 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.429 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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