Tomball city is set to honor iconic educator and tour guide Kenneth Walden, who served as a volunteer station agent at the historic Tomball Train Depot since 2008, with a statue.
Mr. Walden died on May 3 while working at the depot.
The Tomball City Council approved the plans for the statue after a recommendation from the Tomball Tourism Advisory Committee that the cost not exceed $35,000. Funds for the statue would come from the city’s hotel occupancy tax and private contributions.
Walden, long known for his storytelling, was an iconic figure who donned an old-style conductors uniform while volunteering and often stopped into downtown businesses to visit with residents and those in the community.
“I didn’t know Ken personally, but I knew when I saw him that he was the ticket agent at the depot,” said Councilmman Derek Townsend. “We owe him a debt of gratitude we can never repay because of the lives of the kids he touched.”