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Photos: Tomball’s Oiltown USA Jamboree

May 29, 2018 GMT

Tomball took a step back in time by showcasing antique cars, vintage memorabilia and playing old-school tunes at its Oiltown USA Jamboree

“It’s to kind of bring back the feel of the atmosphere of what Tomball would have been like back in 1933,” said Mike Baxter, director of marketing for Tomball.

The celebration on May 27 marked the discovery of oil by the Humble Oil & Refining Co. in 1933, which led to the company offering free water and natural gas to residents for 90 years.

Before the discovery of oil, Tomball was mainly an agricultural town with less than a 1,000 residents, according to the Texas State Historical Association.

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Although the agreement officially ended in 1988 before reaching nine decades, more than 100 million barrels of oil and 316 billion cubic feet of natural gas from 1933 until 1976.

The free festival was hosted at the Tomball Depot and featured musical performances by Cool Freddie & the CrewCQ and Double InfinityCQ.

mayra.cruz@chron.com

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