Facts about Winkler County, Texas
Winkler County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 7,110. Its county seat is Kermit. The county was created in 1887 and organized in 1910. It is named for Clinton M. Winkler, a Colonel in the Confederate Army.
The first people to live in the area of Winkler County were the Anasazi Indians, who migrated there about 900 and left their discarded pottery as evidence of their presence. These Native Americans were attracted to the area by its water, which was readily available from the interdunal ponds or from digging through to the shallow water table. The first military expeditions entered the area of present-day Winkler County in the last half of the nineteenth century. Captain Randolph B. Marcy brought his soldiers into the area on September 25, 1849, as he searched for the best wagon route to California. Bvt. Capt. John Pope surveyed the 32nd parallel, which separates Winkler County from New Mexico, for possible railroad construction in 1854.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 841 square miles (2,180 km²), of which 841 square miles (2,180 km²) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km²) (0.02%) is water. The climate is generally dry and in spring and summer it is hot; the hottest daily maximum temperatures in the continental US are often recorded in lower elevation areas near the Pecos River in the county, particularly during the months of April, May and June.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,173 people, 2,584 households, and 1,969 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,214 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.81% White, 1.85% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 20.35% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. 44.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latinos.
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