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Winkler County, Texas


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Statistics & Facts

The Texas state capital is Austin.
The population of Wink is approximately 1,290 (2007), 940 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 454 (2007), 355 (2010).
The amount of land area in Wink is 2.946 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Wink is 1.14 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Wink to Washington DC is 1602 miles.
The distance to the Texas state capital is 339 miles. (as the crow flies)
Wink is positioned 31.75 degrees north of the equator and 103.15 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Wink elevation is 2,794 feet above sea level.
Wink per capita income is $ 15,888 (2007).
Wink median income is $ 41,400 (2005).
The Wink median home price is $ 36,900 (2005).


in western Texas about 55 miles from Odessa and about 225 miles from El Paso. Other nearby communitiesinclude Kermit, Pyote, Wickett, Thorntonville, Monahans, Jal, Barstow and Mentone.
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History & History Related Items

When this community was created in 1926, they wanted to be named for the county of Winkler, but post officials said no. They shortened the name to Wink and were approved in 1927. Oil was discovered nearby which led to an amazing increase of population to 3,500. By 1929, it had swelled to 6,000! Some believe that several were counted twice, but nevertheless, the population had dramatically increased during this time. Wink also gained a reputation to equal some of the other wild oil towns of the area. Due to corruption in the local government, the incorporation was declared void in 1928. A jail was also built at that time, supposedly the first municipal building. The Texas-New Mexico Railroad came in 1929, but not soon enough to stop the declining population. Later, during the 1930s, incorporation was tried again and worked this time. Over the years the population and number of businesses has gone up and down. In 1960, the town was famous for the million dollar grant they received to improve their town. It was spent on curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

This page has many historical photographs of Wink.

The Rig Theatre in Wink
This building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is preserved today. The above page has a number of photographs of the theatre.

A Wink history page.
Handbook of Texas Online history page for Wink.
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Roy Orbison Museum
Phone: 432-527-3622
See memorabilia from his childhood plus record albums and singles. Of special note are his famous sunglasses.

Boyhood home of Roy Orbison
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Wink Schools

Wink-Loving ISD
Home of the Wildcats
P.O. Box 637
200 Rosey Dodd Ave
Wink, TX 79789
Phone: 432-527-3880 Wink


The population of Wink was:
1927 - 3,500
1929 - 6,000
1950 - 1,500+
1968 - 1,200
1990 - 1,189
2000 - 919
2006 - 882
2007 - 1,290

the number of housing units was:
1990 - 465
2007 - 454

Median age:
2000- 36.6 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 38,068
2005 - $ 41,400

Median house value:
2000 - $ 31,200
2005 - $ 36,900

Wink islocated in the Central Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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