Before Tomball was known as “Oil Town U.S.A.,” it was a laid-back farming community – populated mainly by emigrant pioneers from Europe. Early German settlers, like Andreas Kleb, found that the forests around Spring Creek resembled the Black Forest back home.
Thanks to the efforts of Andreas Kleb’s great-grandson, Elmer, 130 acres of land and forest around his old homestead have been protected and are open to the public. Visitors to Kleb Woods Nature Preserve can explore its many trails, gardens, and prairies; take bird-watching hikes; and even study German!
To learn even more about German heritage in the area, visit Cypress Top Historic Park and the Tomball Museum Center.
Watch our The First German Texans video to learn more about German Texan cultural heritage in Texas. This video was produced for inclusion in our German Texans mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. Download the app for more videos and travel information:
Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
Daily, 8 a.m - 5 p.m.