Facts about Wink, Texas
Wink is a city in Winkler County, Texas, United States. The population was 940 at the 2010 census.
Wink was a temporary childhood home to singer and songwriter Roy Orbison, although he was born in Vernon, Texas. Orbison would later describe the major components of life in Wink as "football, oil fields, oil, grease and sand", and in later years expressed relief that he was able to leave the desolate town.
Wink began in 1926, when oil was discovered in Hendrick oilfield in Winkler County. By mid-1927 the Wink Townsite Company was selling lots in Horse Wells pasture of the T. G. Hendrick Ranch. The oil boom brought new people to Wink, causing a shortage of housing. Newcomers set up tents and built makeshift houses. Wink was originally named Winkler, Texas for the county. When a post office was requested, postal authorities notified the applicant that there was a post office bearing that name already in operation. The citizens shortened the name to Wink and received a post office in 1927. In that year, the first public school was organized, and a temporary building was constructed. A Sunday school was started by November 1927, and the population of the town was reported at 3,500. By 1929 that number climbed to 6,000. It is possible the actual population would have been around 10,000 to 25,000 people.
Wink is located at 31°45′16″N 103°9′15″W (31.754497, 103.154117). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 919 people, 341 households, and 260 families residing in the city. The population density was 809.1 people per square mile (311.3/km²). There were 437 housing units at an average density of 384.8 per square mile (148.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.6% Caucasian, 0.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 10.9% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.1% of the population.
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