Wink began in 1926, when oil was discovered in Hendrick Oilfield. Wink was originally named Winkler, Texas, for the county. However, when a post office was requested during the oil boom in the late 1920s the name Winkler was already in operation and as a result the citizens shortened the name to Wink. Although the City’s population has since declined to become a small oil town, we are defined less by boundaries on a map than by the sense of community our residents hold dear.
Wink was a temporary childhood home to singer and songwriter Roy Orbison. In high school, Orbison and some friends formed the band Wink Westerners. They played country standards and Glenn Miller songs at local honky-tonks and had a weekly radio station on KERB in Kermit, Texas.