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Winkler County, Texas
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.
Roy Orbison Museum
See memorabilia from his childhood plus record albums and singles. Of special note are his famous sunglasses.
the number of housing units was:
1990 - 465
2007 - 454
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.