Tomball's first downtown mural slated for information center pending council approval

The proposed design includes Tomball's railroad roots' the city's mascot, Rusty Rails; and the city's slogan: Tomball, Texan for Fun. (Sketch courtesy city of Tomball)
The proposed design includes Tomball's railroad roots' the city's mascot, Rusty Rails; and the city's slogan: Tomball, Texan for Fun. (Sketch courtesy city of Tomball)

The proposed design includes Tomball's railroad roots' the city's mascot, Rusty Rails; and the city's slogan: Tomball, Texan for Fun. (Sketch courtesy city of Tomball)

Tomball City Council members are anticipated to vote on approving a mural for the Tomball Information Center, located at 215 W. Main St., on Dec. 7. The mural project—in the works for nearly a year—will be located on the west-facing wall of the information center. The proposed design includes Tomball's railroad roots; the city's mascot, Rusty Rails; and the city's slogan: Tomball, Texan for Fun.

According to meeting information, funding for the mural was approved in the city's fiscal year 2020-21 budget with the condition that council would first approve the mural design.


Work on the mural will begin as soon as possible once council approves the design, meeting information states. The Tomball Tourism Advisory Committee reviewed artists and submitted designs over the course of four meetings.

According to a June 2020 special meeting of the committee, the city began the search for mural artists in 2019, ultimately recommending Beth Mankin Jones for the $6,000 mural project. According to June information, Jones has created projects for Pepsi-Cola, SplashTown Waterpark, Landry's Restaurants and Joe's Crab Shack.

“We know people come from near and far to see the railroad museum or get pictures in front of our statues,” City Manager Rob Hauck said in November 2019. “If we added some really meaningful and attractive community art, [we believe] people would come here to take their photos in front of it like they do in other places.”
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.